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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679 Comments
  • orionava
    orionavaThursday, December 5, 2019 at 7:33 am
    it is sad for the cat but cinder is a very cute overweight cat
    • febunaru-156898801064
      febunaru-156898801064Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7:00 am
      I feel bad for this cat
      • febunaru-156898801064
        febunaru-156898801064Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7:00 am
        This cat is awesome
        • superultra
          superultraWednesday, December 4, 2019 at 4:18 pm
          Must be hard for the cat since it can't move
          • superultra
            superultraWednesday, December 4, 2019 at 4:16 pm
            Awww I wonder how it would be if I was a overweight 🐱 cat
            • tiktoklover
              tiktokloverWednesday, December 4, 2019 at 3:36 pm
              i even watch cinder shes my fave cat UwU
              • tiktoklover
                tiktokloverWednesday, December 4, 2019 at 3:24 pm
                AWW I FEEL SOOO BAD FOR THAT CAT I WOULD BE SAD IF I WAS 8 AND WAS 22 POUNDS ;~;
                • snickygal
                  snickygalWednesday, December 4, 2019 at 1:57 pm
                  OMG THIS WAS POSTED ON MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!0o0
                  • rycatperson
                    rycatpersonWednesday, December 4, 2019 at 8:29 am
                    THIS KITTY IS SO CUUUTE!!!!!
                    • molly13
                      molly13Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 8:29 am
                      hes the cutest kitty ever