‘Barsik’ the rescue cat takes weight-loss journey to Instagram

Sonia Rincon
April 08, 2019 - 12:44 pm
Barsik the rescue cat is going on a diet.

Anjellicle Cat Rescue


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Talk about fat cats.

A gigantic rescue kitty is taking his diet to Instagram to help educate people about the problem of pet obesity.

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Big Barsik tips the scales at 41 lbs.

FREEDOM! Sukie is only 13 lbs so she got to ride home in a regular carrier. The shelter staff had to search the building for the biggest carrier they had for me (Foster Mom was unequipped for this and didn’t want to make me wait in the shelter longer while she got one). Two workers carried me to the car, but poor Foster Mom had to carry me to the house alone --She is researching a better way to take me out and about as I will have to go to the vet for my checkups. This huge carrier is comfortable for me, but difficult for Foster Mom to get around with. #catweightloss #anjelliclecats #cats #catsofinstagram #adoptdontshop #rescuecats #fosteringsaveslives #fostercat #catsofnyc

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"There are a lot of variations to how pets respond to free feeding, which is what his owner must have done," Angelique Iuzzolino said.

She's taken on the big challenge of caring for Barsik for the Anjellicle Cats foster network. She said another cat from the same house was fed the same way, but maintained a normal weight.

Barsik is mostly white with a big triangle on his nose and has gotten a lot of attention on social media.

"Once we get him on the right track and start losing in a slow, steady, manageable way, then I'll start making him available for adoption," she said.

Barsik could break a record with his weight, but it's not a category anymore, so that people are not encouraged to overfeed their pets.

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