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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  • snowycat56789
    snowycat56789Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 9:05 am
    That cat is so cute
    • cutiekitty
      cutiekittyWednesday, April 29, 2020 at 8:22 pm
      OMG! pawsome is such a great way to describe it c01e!😸🐱
      • ily213
        ily213Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 7:16 am
        i have a cat that looks just like her
        • unicornhawii2
          unicornhawii2Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 8:49 am
          so cute
          • bluegmes
            bluegmesMonday, April 27, 2020 at 8:43 pm
            So cute!!!!!!!
            • c01e
              c01eMonday, April 27, 2020 at 8:57 am
              • cutiekitty
                cutiekittyWednesday, April 29, 2020 at 8:23 pm
                i agree!
              • cutiekitty
                cutiekittySaturday, April 25, 2020 at 7:13 pm
                it is so cute and chubby!!!!!! mimi is now looking at him so evil!🐱😸
                • juneaala
                  juneaalaThursday, April 23, 2020 at 12:54 pm
                  I have a cat. Cinder is will look cute and a little funny. Cats are cute! 🐱
                  • 2033275
                    2033275Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 12:34 pm
                    soooo cute!
                    • babybird23
                      babybird23Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:47 am
                      That cat is so chumby and cute 🐱🐈