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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930 Comments
  • ceebee
    ceebeeWednesday, August 12, 2020 at 3:25 am
    Poor Cinder.I hope she gets better! <3
    • ethanj2009
      ethanj2009Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 5:59 am
      fat cat is good keep it up cinder
      • lady14
        lady14Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 6:53 pm
        That sure is one fat and adorable cat
        • effie302
          effie302Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 7:53 am
          this is super cute!!! I love cats so much, their so lazy! (which makes it more cute) like my comment if you agree!
          • iamgood
            iamgoodThursday, June 11, 2020 at 12:02 am
            cute!
            • aaron4
              aaron4Monday, June 8, 2020 at 11:23 am
              OMG! pawsome is such a great way to describe it c01e!😸🐱 if u agree follow me and i will follow u back
              • lovebooks123
                lovebooks123Monday, June 1, 2020 at 9:58 am
                That was so adorable
                • meisdancer
                  meisdancerSunday, May 24, 2020 at 11:18 am
                  WOW this is Amazing!!!!
                  • kandykain0821
                    kandykain0821Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 12:38 pm
                    I want to be a vet when I grow up. I just love animals.
                    • bookfan2008
                      bookfan2008Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 5:16 pm
                      Me too! I ❤ dogs and cats!!
                      • meisdancer
                        meisdancerSunday, May 24, 2020 at 11:19 am
                        ME TO!!!!!!! I love animals so much!
                      • pikiwucy-158813444670
                        pikiwucy-158813444670Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 10:57 am
                        the cat is tots adorbs