Meatball was handed into a shelter in Phoneix, Arizona, where he is currently staying in an office.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control said the cat is not available for adoption - i nstead, the shelter is trying to place him with a rescue organisation that helps overweight cats.
The shelter says Meatball is extremely friendly and can comfortably walk despite his weight.
COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? email@example.com