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


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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  • nova1996
    nova1996Monday, November 11, 2019 at 2:16 pm
    Omg that cat is soooo cute!😻😻😻😻😻
    • EvanMonday, November 11, 2019 at 1:45 pm
      good thing she is recovering
      • shamblinjesse
        shamblinjesseMonday, November 11, 2019 at 3:23 pm
        YES IT IS! I feel so happy for her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • lol kittensMonday, November 11, 2019 at 12:46 pm
        i love this cat my cat had kittens <3 <3 <3 <3
        • shamblinjesse
          shamblinjesseMonday, November 11, 2019 at 3:24 pm
          Hey lol kittens, my dog just had nine puppies
        • hijabMonday, November 11, 2019 at 12:44 pm
          I hope Cinder will reach her goal.
          • RobloxPotterMonday, November 11, 2019 at 12:26 pm
            I LOVE CATS
            • I like trainsMonday, November 11, 2019 at 12:13 pm
              even tho she fat, she cute i like fat cats
              • I like trainsMonday, November 11, 2019 at 12:02 pm
                Cute kitty
                • easter_bunny
                  easter_bunnyMonday, November 11, 2019 at 11:58 am
                  So cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  • Tododeku rulesMonday, November 11, 2019 at 11:57 am
                    • MeowMonday, November 11, 2019 at 11:25 am
                      3rd Cutest cat in the world.