Man Went Shopping for Cat Food and Came Out with a 25lb Bag of Cat!

Posted in Cat Stories - On: September 15, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: November 17, 2023  
Author:  Jan Travell

A man went shopping one day to buy cat food but what he actually came out with was a 25lb rescue cat!

It was definitely love at first sight for the man as they opened the cage door and Pumpkin the cat began to squeak at him.


“When I walked into the PetSmart to get food, I saw this dude, Pumpkin, in the SPCA adoption center. His paperwork said he was 25 lbs and came from England,” explains Reddit user GREGORIOtheLION.

overweight cat

Apparently his owners had brought him to the US when they emigrated, but when they had a child they decided that he was ‘too needy’ and gave him up, even though he had been part of the family for six years.

“I called my wife in from the car because when the employee opened the cage for me, he literally squeaked at me. It was love at first sight for us.”


With the adoption came instructions that whoever adopted him needed to get his weight down.

The man wasn’t daunted by this as he had already been through this before with his other cat.

fat cat

“The vet said he’s actually 21.8 lbs, and we need to get him to 13. He’s the most affectionate cat we’ve ever had. We normally don’t keep the name they come with, but what else do you call a 25 lb orange cat?”


Once home it didn’t take long for Pumpkin to settle into his new surroundings.

“He’s digging the office, where we’re keeping him while he and our other cat get to know each other. He loves the tree. Upon letting our other cat, Bartleby, into the office (trading them out for a few minutes), he smells everything in sight.”

Pumpkin on. the other hand, just lays on the couch to say “I don’t need to smell anything. I’m home.”


“Look at this guy. Sweetest cat ever. Since he’s from the UK, and we live on a street called Hebron, we’ve renamed him. Meet Pumpkin Cumberbatch Pierce, the Duke of Hebron.”

What a lovely story with a very happy ending!

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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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