This Could Be The Biggest Cat In New York, Maybe Even The World, And He’s Up For Adoption

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On a scale of 1-10, Barsik doesn’t even fit.

This big boy weighs in at an impressive 41 pounds, enough to qualify as “extremely obese,” but the doesn’t mean he’s any less capable of being the perfect pet for someone.

Currently lodged at Animal Care Centers of New York City, 5-year-old Barsik is kept in a makeshift kennel, as he “too big for our housing,” the ACC noted on social media. In fact, Barsik is the biggest cat the shelter has ever seen, the New York Daily News reported.

Barsik was dropped off at the shelter on Saturday, April 6, after his elderly owner decided he could not properly care for the cat anymore.

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Hi! I’m Barsik. I was surrendered to NYC Animal Care Centers @nycacc on April 5, 2019. My family left me and my housemate, Sukie, because they were moving and couldn’t take us with. My foster mom is a volunteer with @anjelliclecats in Manhattan and saw these two pictures of me on Facebook and decided she was up for the challenge of helping me get in better shape before finding me a home of my very own. Don’t worry, Sukie is crashing at the foster pad as well! According to my intake info from my last owners, we might not actually like each other, though. I will be seeing a vet this week to get all my baseline health stuff checked out and then I heard I have to go on a diet 🙀Stick with me, I’ll need all the support I can get! #catweightloss #anjelliclecats #cats #catsofinstagram #adoptdontshop #rescuecats #fosteringsaveslives #fostercat #catsofnyc

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Outside of the curvy cat’s kennel, a sign indicate that Barsick has difficulty ambulating. His ample size makes it hard to walk around. In other words, Barsik isn’t quick, he’s just a little thicc.

And soon, he’ll be ready for a new forever home.

“Once any medical issues are sorted out and we have a vet-supervised weight loss plan in place, we will likely make him available for adoption once he is steadily losing weight and at a safe pace,” Angelique Iuzzolino, Barsik’s foster mom, told VICE. “This may be a month or two, we just aren’t sure yet. Our priority is his well-being and [we’re] not in a hurry to rush him out the door. We do know that any adopter will have to be dedicated to sticking with his plan and helping him get to a healthy weight.”


Were Guiness World Records still maintaining a list of the heaviest cats in the world, Barsik would undoubtedly rank near the top. The superlative record-keeping organization discontinued that entry in 1998 amidst worries that it would prompt cat owners to overfeed their pets.


At 41 pounds, Barsik is a large cat, to say the least, but he’s hardly the biggest in history. Himmy, of Cairns, Queensland, weighed 46.8lbs before he died of respiratory failure at 10 years old. Cats Meow and Prince Chunk both tipped the scales at 39 before their heath began to decline. Like Himmy, and countless other obese pets, breathing problems and heart disease took them both in the end.

If you think you could handle the extra responsibility of a cat like Barsik, this changes is ready to lavish you with love. Potential adopters are encouraged to contact the ACC, and visit Barsik’s Instagram page, or Anjellicle Cats Rescue, where he is being fostered, for news of when he will be available.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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