For pets who are accustomed to the luxuries of domestic life, suddenly finding themselves in the streets and trying to survive can be a hard challenge. However, this gigantic cat who became a stray didn’t just survive but he was able to maintain his weight at a whopping 20 pounds.

The question, obviously, is how he managed to reach this weight and keep it when nobody was feeding him?

It turns out this massive cat was stealing food from someone’s garage.

He was sneaking into this woman’s garage eating the dog food,” Barbara Baugnon, marketing communications director for the Oregon Humane Society (OHS), told The Dodo. She believes that for most of the six months that Goliath had been separated from his owner, he’d been going to town on the food he found.

His smart plan went well until one day he found himself stuck in the doggie door he used to reach the dog food. The homeowner called OHS to help remove him from the door and bring him to the shelter.

When he was brought to the vet, nobody could believe how massive he really was! The cat named later Goliath became a star of the local evening news. And people fell in love with him.

Goliath’s owner saw the story on television that night and instantly recognized his cat. The very next day, he came into OHS with photographic evidence that the cat was indeed his. Six months prior, the owner went to Canada for a double-lung transplant. During that time, Goliath who was named then, Hercules ran away from the pet sitter who was caring for him back at home.

Watch Goliath aka Hercules’s story in the video below:

Unfortunately, Hercules and his owner both passed away since their story first broke, but, thanks to the everlasting internet archives, their story lives on for fans of fat cats everywhere. Please share to pay tribute!


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