Buddha The Cat Dies..
Remember Buddha the cat? Smokey Barn News broke this story about Buddha the 30 pound cat back in August and after that the story quickly went viral. We just happened to be there the day after Buddha was turned in and notice his enormity. After we did our story, WKRN Channel 2 quickly followed and the rest is history. To see the extent of Buddha’s worldwide fame click here.
Smokey is now very sad to report that Buddha has died of a heart condition. The official report from the Cat Shoppe is below and also a memorial video about Buddha.
The Cat Shoppe suffered a tremendous loss last night. Our beloved Buddha unexpectedly passed away quietly from congestive heart failure. He had recently been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. He was not able to continue water therapy and was placed in a loving foster home. Five months ago today Buddha arrived at the Cat Shoppe from Metro Animal Control.
Little did we know how much of an impact and inspiration he would have on us and all of you. Buddha lived life to the fullest and had such determination. He was cared for by some of the best Doctors in town. Dr. Lisa Martin and the staff at Animalia / Stonewater Rehab were wonderful and instrumental in helping Buddha achieve a healthier weight. His cardiologist, Dr. Nicole Piscitelli, Dr. Doug King, and Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners were always there for him.
We cannot thank them enough for loving and caring so much for Buddha! And to all of you who have stopped by the shop to ask about how he was doing, had your pictures made with him, donated loyally to his care, we thank you! Our bouncy Buddha cat has been stilled but his spirit lingers on!! He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed! It’s our hope Buddha will not have died in vain. We hope that his story inspires owners of obese cats to help them get them on a path to a healthier weight.
Our original report back in August.
Meet Buddha, he is 31.4 pounds. Rescued from Metro Animal Care and Control after his owner surrendered him. They will be taking him to Animalia to kickstart his exercise routine and start a metabolic diet. He won’t be up for adoption until he has reached a healthy weight. You can follow his progress (as well as the other adoptable kitties) on the Cat Shoppe/Dog Store’s Facebook page
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