An obese cat has lost almost half his body weight thanks to the Scottish SPCA.
Mr Pickles arrived at the charity’s Aberdeenshire centre in July 2013 after being found as a stray weighing an enormous 12kgs.
Staff at the Drumoak-based centre put the portly Mr Pickles on a strict diet and exercise regime to help him slim down to a much more healthy weight of 6.5kgs.
Assistant manager Debbie Innes said, “We’re all so proud of Mr Pickles for reaching his goal weight.
“He has been spending a lot of time out of the cattery and in our staff room to help him get a bit more exercise.
“His slimming was always going to be very gradual as losing too much weight too quickly could have caused serious health problems.
“Mr Pickles has been at the centre for over a year now and has become something of a local celebrity. His fan club often pop in just to see him and get a cuddle.
“Children adore Mr Pickles and he really is one of the friendliest cats we’ve ever met. We’ve decided that he’ll stay with us as the centre cat as he is so at home here.
“Everyone has totally fallen in love with Mr Pickles so we’re all really glad he’s sticking around.”
Debbie hopes Mr Pickles’ story will act as a warning to people who over-feed their pets.
She said, “Sadly, cats diagnosed as being clinically obese can have a shorter life expectancy. They also have an increased risk of developing diabetes, liver problems, breathing difficulties and joint stress.”