Adam H. Didra is a cat fancier with an eye for felines. He's not about to keep quiet when he thinks his "Sneaky," a black and white short-haired tabby, might claim some records.
The Holladay man read in the Deseret News recently that a 6-year-old tabby in Australia weighed 45 pounds, 10 ounces."When I saw that, I said I can beat it. I've got a heavier cat," Didra declared in calling the newspaper to report that he and his wife, Jean, had a 54-pound AOV ("any other variety" category) neutered male. The cat was just a kitten when given to the couple about nine years ago in Centerville, Davis County.
But a weighing last week by Dr. Kathy Howell, a veterinarian, showed Sneaky weighs 28 pounds - not 54 pounds - as shown last November when weighed on a sling, ice scale by someone else. But that still makes "Sneaky" a very fat cat. Didra said the cat two years ago weighed 39 pounds, 12 ounces. Didra thinks the 28-pound figure is low.
Howell said, "I would concede that (the cat could have weighed 39 pounds plus two years ago). The cat is in good shape for as overweight as it is. This is not normal. It is very unusual," Howell said, explaining that Sneaky needs to "get on an exercise program and a modified diet. Veterinarians prefer to see people keep their animals slim and trim to reduce health problems caused by obesity."
Sneaky, so named when he crept into the Didras' car when they were going to church, dines on mahi-mahi, a type of fish; snow cod and regular cat food.
"We've tried to put Sneaky on a diet, but he won't even touch the diet food," Didra said.
He said the cat, which is about a foot wide and 3 feet long when he stretches out, is a "kin to a cat in England that weighed 98 pounds and was so big they had to carry it around in a wheelbarrow.'
At the home of the Didras, who also have a black cat named "Velvet," and a striped tabby named "Friendly," Sneaky seems perfectly content. He is well-groomed, loves scratching boards and gets to sleep on Didra's bed at night.
"Cats are a lot of company. They like to purr, get up on your lap and love you. Sneaky is pretty gentle and real nice. I have had cats all my life. I have always enjoyed them."
Didra said he feels Sneaky will grow much larger. Who knows how much the cat will have gained at the next weigh-in?
By staff writer Douglas Palmer