The owner of a severely overweight cat that many have dubbed the world’s fattest cat is facing accusations of animal cruelty for allowing her pet to get so big. Lyznia The Cat, an Instafamous feline whose adorable face and unenviable figure have earned it thousands of followers on the popular social network, recently landed her owner in hot water. After photos of the obese cat started doing the rounds online, her owner started receiving criticism for overfeeding her pet and not caring about her wellbeing. However, the owner has since hit back at her critics, saying that Lyznia has been having weight problems ever since she first became pregnant a few years ago.
“There are some misunderstandings. So let’s make them clear. We have never tried to overfeed Liznya,” the cat’s owner wrote in a post. “Some people wrote we do it on purpose. How do you imagine that? She even refuses to eat any other food than her diet food. It is true that our cat was pregnant and spayed after it, but we do not claim this is the exact reason for her to become obese.”
The owner went on to explain that Lyznia ballooned after her first pregnancy, and despite repeated visits to a vet, there was no stopping her weight gain. The feline was prescribed various types of food, but she continued to pile on weight until she was put on just 29 grams of Royal Canin per meal. “She seems to have stopped gaining weight with her current plan, but still there are problems with losing it,” Lyznia’s owner said.
Although comparing recent photos to ones posted when Lyznia’s account was first opened, in 2020, clearly shows that the cat has gained a lot of weight in recent years, her owners insist that she can still walk, play and even pretend to hunt. They do however admit that she needs to be more active.
Despite all the explanations, accusations of animal cruelty kept coming in in the comments, with many accusing her owner of slowly killing Lyznia. What’s your opinion? Is Lyznia’s owner overfeeding the cat for some cheap internet fame, or do you believe her explanation?