Skinny, the cat who became a viral sensation seven years ago after being brought to the Richardson Animal Shelter weighing 41 lbs., is healthier and more active now that he’s lost more than half his body weight. 

We caught up with the celebrity kitty and spoke with his handler as he prepares to celebrate his 12th birthday. 

“It’s been a great spring board for education, for clients in general about cats and obesity and obesity management and hopefully prevention and how to get back in touch with quality of life and enrichment and having different strategies to help keep house cats healthier,” said Dr. Brittney Barton, Veterinarian, HEAL Veterinary Hospital.

The latest edition of the city newletter, Richardson Today, will begin arriving in mailboxes August 1 and has a special focus on the Richardson Animal Shelter. 

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