Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona animal shelter has a rather large cat on its hands.
The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control recently received a 36-pound cat at one of its shelters in the Phoenix area.
This undated photo released by the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control shelter, shows shelter personnel holding "Meatball", a 36-pound cat in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Animal Care & Control)
The cat named "Meatball" is temporarily staying in an office at the shelter because he's too large to fit into a standard kennel.
KNXV-V (http://bit.ly/1iPM5HX ) reports that the cat is not available for adoption.
Instead, the shelter is trying to place him with a rescue organization that helps overweight cats.
The shelter says Meatball is extremely friendly and says he can comfortably walk despite his weight.