Washington Cat Gains Internet Fame With Her "Purrfect" Workout Routine

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A workout video has made Cinder-Block, an obese cat, an overnight sensation (Credit: Brita Kiffney/Northshore Veterinary Hospital)

Cinder-Block, an overweight cat, has become an internet sensation thanks to a workout video posted on social media by the Northshore Veterinary Hospital in Bellingham, Washington. The brief footage, published on October 19, 2019, shows the gray feline reluctantly exercising with one foot on an underwater treadmill while protesting loudly.

“Cinder is an obese cat who has become famous on the internet because she didn’t want to partake in the underwater treadmill exercise that we had planned for her,” said hospital veterinarian Brita Kiffney.

The eight-year-old cat, who weighs a whopping 22 pounds, was relinquished to the hospital in early October after its owner was unable to deal with her obesity-caused health and hygiene issues. In addition to putting her at risk for diseases such as diabetes and pancreatitis, Cinder's extra weight is also too much for her tiny legs to handle and is causing her joint pain. “Because she’s so heavy, she can’t walk more than a couple steps right now,” said Kiffney.

The hospital officials, who added the moniker "Block" to Cinder's name because of her weight, are now helping her lose the excess pounds with a strict diet and exercise regime. Kiffney says since cutting Cinder's diet too drastically could lead to liver failure, getting her to a healthy 12 pounds could take up to a year. Luckily, Cinder is not going to be alone on this long journey. Her original viral video, and subsequent ones of her exercising a little more enthusiastically, have garnered the cat millions of encouraging fans. Even better, Cinder has a new owner in the hospital's receptionist, who plans to adopt the adorable cat as soon as she has lost her excess weight.

Resources: Huffpost.com, CNN.com.

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794 Comments
  • panini07
    panini07Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 7:03 am
    It's so cute!!!!!
    • 12345567890
      12345567890Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 8:04 am
      aww so darn cuuuute
      • ack123
        ack123Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 8:00 am
        Dat's coot
        • killer101cat
          killer101catFriday, January 17, 2020 at 1:32 pm
          supa cute
          • strangerthingsa
            strangerthingsaFriday, January 17, 2020 at 1:21 pm
            awww thats so cute i thot cats hated water.
            • panini07
              panini07Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 7:06 am
              Cats do hate water sometimes, which could be why Cinder didn't want to exercise on the underwater treadmill. But, some cats are okay with water.
            • jyjejymy-156622786670
              jyjejymy-156622786670Friday, January 17, 2020 at 12:53 pm
              I LOVE CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • hihuwodu-156769598828
                hihuwodu-156769598828Friday, January 17, 2020 at 11:37 am
                that cat is soooo fat😂
                • killer101cat
                  killer101catFriday, January 17, 2020 at 6:07 am
                  cute
                  • tomatoe
                    tomatoeThursday, January 16, 2020 at 2:53 pm
                    1 like = you like cinder
                    • salezyto-157667470811
                      salezyto-157667470811Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 5:39 am
                      i love this cat and i love cats.
                      • panini07
                        panini07Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 7:07 am
                        Same!