Ho­tel home to su­per­sized cat

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NEWS -

WATERVILLE VAL­LEY, N.H.

(AP) >> Guests at a ho­tel in New Hamp­shire can be for­given for think­ing a rac­coon is loung­ing out front.

The huge ball of fur on the side­walk of the Best Western Sil­ver Fox Inn at the Waterville Val­ley Re­sort is ac­tu­ally a fat cat. A re­ally fat cat. The 8-year-old tabby is named Lo­gan and weighs 31 pounds — nearly three times the size of a nor­mal cat. Of­ten found wan­der­ing through the ho­tel or stretched out on the side­walk, Lo­gan has be­come a huge hit with vis­i­tors and is an in­ter­net sen­sa­tion. Guests have posted pho­tos of Lo­gan sit­ting in a chair, and a Face­book video that’s been viewed 29 mil­lion times, shows it wad­dling through the park­ing lot.

Su­san and Tor Brun­vand adopted Lo­gan from a Meridith, New Hamp­shire, shel­ter six years ago. Lo­gan ar­rived as a nor­mal sized cat but soon was gob­bling up food from the bowls of the cou­ple’s two other cats and find­ing a way to sneak into the stash of food. Lo­gan slowly put on weight.

Su­san Brun­vand said she once had a 20-pound cat, but that cat was big be­cause it was part Maine Coon. The cou­ple took Lo­gan to a vet and had his blood tested. Noth­ing was found. He even had stretches — once af­ter a fight with a feral cat — where he barely ate for sev­eral weeks. Still, noth­ing re­duced the size of the obese fe­line.

“We’ve tried ev­ery­thing,” she said, at­tribut­ing his girth to a slow me­tab­o­lism.

Re­ac­tion to the cat has been a mix of amaze­ment and con­cern about its health. Af­ter the video was posted, Brun­vand said she got a call from some­one want­ing to bring her up on an­i­mal abuse charges for al­low­ing the cat to get so big.

“I just won­der why a per­son would have a pet and let it get that heavy,” said Janet Lynn, a ho­tel guest from Manch­ester, New Hamp­shire.

Brun­vand in­sists there is lit­tle more she can do — or should do — to help the cat she calls her “lit­tle chubby boy, my lit­tle bear” shed the weight.

She laughed at the sug­ges­tion of putting Lo­gan on a tread­mill. Rather, she lets Lo­gan act like her two other cats, spending the day out­doors.

“He is one of the hap­pi­est, eas­i­est cats I’ve ever had,” she said. “He doesn’t think he’s fat.”

JIM COLE — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Lo­gan, a 31-pound walks along the deck at the Sil­ver Fox Inn at the Waterville Val­ley re­sort Thurs­day.

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