Couple Fell In Love With This 33-Pound Cat, So They Decided To Adopt Him And Start His Weight Loss Jurney.

Mike Wilson and Megan Hanneman didn’t anticipate finding a new pet when they went to visit the Humane Society of West Michigan one day in April.

The couple had been thinking about adding a kitten to their family, but when they saw Bronson, a huge orange cat who was three years old and weighed a staggering 33 pounds, it was love at first sight.

The pair couldn’t help but be captivated by Bronson’s towering figure amid the other felines at the shelter.

“When we first saw him, we were shocked at how big he was,” Wilson told The Dodo. “Neither of us had seen a cat that size before and we thought he was so cute and cuddly, like a large stuffed animal! We immediately went over to gaze at him from outside his room.”

Wilson and Hanneman waited in line to be questioned so they could meet Bronson, but they were unable to sit down with the shelter worker before they had to leave for work.

But they couldn’t stop staring at the picture of the huge cat they had taken before they departed. Wilson recalled, “We were chatting about him incessantly on the way to work and started regretting not hanging around for him.

The couple’s worry that Bronson might be adopted intensified as the day went on, so they hurried back to the shelter as quickly as they could.

We were connected to him so immediately that we began to think he might be adopted right away, Wilson said.

After the death of his elderly owner, Bronson had been brought to the humane society. He was known as “Fat Kat,” and while he had lived in a home with other pets, the staff at the shelter were told that he was a bit of a loner who preferred to keep to himself.

How such a young cat had put on so much weight was a mystery to everyone.

The staff changed his name once they admitted him, but Wilson said that his original name revealed how seriously they were treating his obesity. Their best hypothesis was that he was either being given excessive amounts of kibble or table leftovers.

At Bronson’s size, he stood an increased risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, along with many other health complications. The interviewer warned the couple that Bronson’s eventual adopter would need to help him lose weight at a slow pace through diet and exercise. The young cat’s hefty measurements also made it difficult for him to adequately clean himself, so they would need to brush him daily to help keep his backside clean.

When Wilson and Hanneman finally met Bronson in person, they were shocked by how love-hungry the cat was, seemingly desperate for pets and affection. And though their hands were oily after touching his striped orange fur, the couple knew they had to bring him home.

Because of his size, he was unable to properly groom himself, as evidenced by the fact that he was rather untidy and had a lot of dandruff in his hair, according to Wilson. “I only wanted to bring him home, groom him, and take care of him.”


Although Bronson may not have been a gregarious cat in his previous life, he likes hanging out with his two cat siblings in his new home. In turn, Bronson’s friends have encouraged him to wander the home and play with the toys strewn throughout each room.

The cat’s former owners are overjoyed to see him break out of his shell.

As soon as we got him home, Wilson said, “he kind of did his own thing during the day and stayed in our bedroom.” He now waits at the door for us when we arrive home with our other cats, runs into the kitchen if there is a commotion of cans opening, and then hangs out with the other cats in the living room.

Though Bronson hasn’t yet slimmed down significantly, in the care of Wilson and Hanneman he’s well on his way to becoming an active cat once again.

“His weight loss journey has been going very well and we can already see a change in his shape, where he has a lot more definition in his arms and shoulders,” Wilson explained. “His front arms used to buckle a little when he jumped down from our couch and now he jumps down without a problem.”

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