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Associated Press, Published May 07 2012

Nearly 40-pound cat in New Mexico dies

SANTA FE, N.M. - The cat that got national attention for tipping the scale at 39 pounds has died.

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society said Monday that the orange and white tabby died over the weekend, likely from complications from his morbid obesity.

Last month, Meow's 87-year-old owner could no longer take care of him, so the pet was turned over to a shelter in southeastern New Mexico that called the Santa Fe shelter for help.

Meow had been placed with a foster family.

It's not clear how the feline was able to gain so much weight in just two years. Adult cats typically weigh between seven and 12 pounds.

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