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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  • kittkatt16
    kittkatt16Monday, December 9, 2019 at 4:29 pm
    Omg I hope she gets back to her average weight!🙀 I feel so bad that she was abandoned.😿 💔 She is so cute I love it!😻
    • star1000
      star1000Monday, December 9, 2019 at 12:26 pm
      I love cats and abandoning one I would never do to such a poor thing. I have saved 2 cats in my life one from going to the animal shelter and one from dyeing
      • kittyperson
        kittypersonMonday, December 9, 2019 at 12:21 pm
        • kittyperson
          kittypersonMonday, December 9, 2019 at 12:09 pm
          I LOVE THE KITTY
          • kittyperson
            kittypersonMonday, December 9, 2019 at 12:09 pm
            • brylee_freeman
              brylee_freemanMonday, December 9, 2019 at 11:45 am
              i feel so sad
              • brylee_freeman
                brylee_freemanMonday, December 9, 2019 at 11:42 am
                i hope cinder loses weight soon
                • lpsbrooklyn
                  lpsbrooklynMonday, December 9, 2019 at 5:05 pm
                  Same!! If I get cats I'll make sure there healthy!!😉
                • davalydavesue
                  davalydavesueMonday, December 9, 2019 at 11:21 am
                  i wish i had a cat like that
                  • davalydavesue
                    davalydavesueMonday, December 9, 2019 at 11:19 am
                    that is so cute !!!
                    • skylarr
                      skylarrMonday, December 9, 2019 at 10:43 am
                      I LOVE CATS SO MUCH