Editor's Note: This story was updated Friday, June 15, 2018, to reflect that since this article and other coverage of Chubbs, hundreds of people have been calling the shelter to adopt him. He will not be available for adoption this weekend due to overwhelming interest.
Usually when you think of stray cats, a sad image of a starving, skinny kitty appears in your head.
Not so at the Pasadena Humane Society Thursday, after an extremely well-fed stray was brought in Wednesday.
At a whopping 29 pounds, "Chubbs" the cat has become one of the heaviest cats on record at shelter. Chubbs, a 10-year-old Himalayan mix, was picked up by a good Samaritan in Altadena, around 4 miles from Pasadena.
The hefty kitty had serious matting, which took shelter staff a couple hours to successfully get through.
"It usually takes a while for that type of matting, however, we aren't really sure how long he was out there," Jamie Holeman said. "It's possible that he is too big to properly groom himself."
Chubbs is currently being kept in a staff office because, due to his large size, he is unable to comfortably fit inside a kennel, the shelter's website said.
Veterinarians are currently waiting on results from blood tests to deliver a further health analysis on the stray.
Unfortunately, Chubbs had no ID tag or micro chip, which makes finding the original owner difficult.
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"Microchip is always the best case scenario," Holeman said. "But we do keep our website updated with strays information and images."
Though adoption was to be opened to the public at 11 a.m. on Father's Day, due to the large amount of attention Chubbs has received, adoption has been moved back to some time next week.