The stray weighs 31.4 pounds and is too large to fit in a kennel like other cats at the shelter, so he received special accommodations from the staff.
"He loves sleeping in our cabinet in the break room," Alan Canady, the shelter's director, told WNCN. "And he can barely fit in there."
After the shelter posted a picture of a staff member holding the cat, people became fascinated with the chubby feline from the Siler City, North Carolina, area and started coming to see him.
“Everybody wants to see him, because they think the picture is fake,” said Tiffany Foushee, a shelter attendant. “And then they seem him and they’re amazed at how big he is.”
The cat’s owners have until next Monday to pick him up, and if he isn’t claimed by then, the shelter will put him up for adoption at the $20 adoption special it’s having next week.