Huge cat, weighing 29 pounds, shows up as stray at animal shelter

A California animal shelter is trying to find the owners — or, if they can't be found, a new home — for an extra-large, fluffy cat who was found wandering the streets.

"HUGE CAT ALERT," wrote The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA on Twitter Thursday. The accompanying photo of the big, blue-eyed cat staring into the camera has since gone viral.

"As millions of Americans hit the gym on the quest for the perfect summer body, a 29lb cat began an exercise regimen of his own," the organization wrote on Facebook. "Earlier this week, the 10-year-old Himalayan mix took himself for an afternoon walk down a busy Altadena street. Luckily, he was found by a good Samaritan who lugged him to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA for care."

The cat, now being called "Chubbs," didn't have any ID. If an owner doesn't come forward by 11 a.m. Sunday, Chubbs will be put up for adoption. Because he's too big to comfortably fit inside a kennel, he's currently residing in a staff office.

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Theodore Roosevelt: Pony named "Algonquin" (12 horses)

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Theodore Roosevelt: Hyacinth macaw named "Eli Yale" (Owl, 6 dogs, 2 cats, snake, 2 kangaroos, one-legged rooster, rabbit, flying squirrel, 5 guinea pigs, 5 bears, pig, and a raccoon)

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

William Howard Taft: Cows named "Pauline Wayne" and "Mooly Wooly"

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Woodrow Wilson: Sheep used to graze on the White House lawn. Wilson also had a tobacco-chewing tam named "Old Ike," an airedale named "Davie," a greyhound named "Mountain Boy," bull terrier named "Bruce," songbirds, and a cat named "Puffins."

(Photo: Library of Congress. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Warren G. Harding: Airedale terrier named "Laddie Boy," English bulldog named "Old Boy" and a squirrel named "Pete"

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Calvin Coolidge: White collie named "Rob Roy" and chow named "Tiny Tim"

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Calvin Coolidge: Raccoon named "Rebecca." He also had another raccoon, 10 dogs, three canaries, mockingbird, goose, two cats, donkey, bobcat, two lion cubs, a wallaby, a pygmy hippo, and a black bear.

(Photo: National Archives. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Herbert Hoover: Belgian shepherd named "King Tut" and a pair of alligators that crawled around the White House grounds. 

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Scottish terrier named "Fala"

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Harry Truman: Cocker spaniel named "Feller" 

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

Harry Truman: Irish setter named "Mike" 

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Dwight Eisenhower: Weimaraner named "Heidi," parakeet named "Gabby" (she was never photographed)

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John F. Kennedy: Welsh terrier named "Charlie" (his favorite) and a mixed-breed named "Pushinka"

(Photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

John F. Kennedy: German shepherd named "Clipper," Welsh terrier named "Charlie" (with Caroline), mixed-breed named "Wolf" (reclining by Caroline), Irish cocker spaniel named "Shannon" (with John Jr.) and two of Pushinka's puppies (with First Lady Jackie Kennedy).

(Photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)​

John F. Kennedy: Pony named "Macaroni" (another pony named "Tex")

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Lyndon B. Johnson: Collie named "Blanco" 

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Lyndon B. Johnson: Beagles "Him" and "Her"

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Lyndon B. Johnson: Mixed-breed named "Yuki"

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Richard Nixon: Terrier named "Pasha," poodle named "Vicky," and Irish setter named "King Timahoe"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Richard Nixon: Cocker spaniel named "Checkers"

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Gerald Ford: Golden retriever named "Liberty" and her litter of puppies born at the White House

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Gerald Ford: Siamese cat named "Shan"

(Photo: Gerald Ford Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Ronald Reagan: Golden retriever named "Victory"

(Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Ronald Reagan: King Charles spaniel named "Rex" 

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Ronald Reagan: Bouvier des Flandres herding dog named "Lucky"

(Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential library. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

George H.W. Bush: Springer spaniel named "Millie" 

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George H.W. Bush: Springer spaniel named "Ranger"

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Bill Clinton: Labrador retriever named "Buddy"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

Socks, the first cat of the Clinton family, August 24, 1994.

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George W. Bush: Scottish terriers named "Barney" and "Miss Beazley"

(Photo: White House. Source: Presidential Pet MuseumThe White House)

George W. Bush: American shorthair cat named "India," "Willie," or sometimes called "Kitty"

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George W. Bush: Springer spaniel named "Spot"

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Barack Obama: Portuguese water dogs named "Bo" and "Sunny"

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Though Chubbs is adorable, it's not cute for cats to be so overweight. Excess weight can lead to a slew of serious health problems for animals, and pet obesity is a big issue in the United States.

"We need to get some weight off of him, and whoever adopts him is hopefully going to have a little bit of fun exercising him," Pasadena Humane Society president Julie Banks told local news station KTLA.

When Chubbs came in, he had matted fur so severe it appeared to be causing him pain, likely because he's too big to groom himself properly. That's why, in the video above, much of Chubbs' fur appears to have been shaved or cut off.

Despite his physical struggles, Chubbs' sweet nature is shining through.

"He is 29 pounds of love," Banks said.

Of course, even if you aren't able to adopt Chubbs, there are still a ton of other cats available for adoption, both at the Pasadena Humane Society and at local shelters around the country.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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