Owner Fearing for Kitten's Life Rushes Her To Vet, Told Cat Is 'Just Fat'

A worried cat owner shared the hilarious moment she took her foster kitten to the vet, afraid of serious health issues, only to be told the feline is "just fat."

Haley Andrews has fostered hundreds of kittens over the years and shares them to her popular Facebook page "Tiny Tim's Tiny Foster Family." Her recent visit to the vet with her latest foster kitten gained over 57,000 shares online thanks to the funny incident.

"I was really nervous that Cheesecake had FIP. I had a couple of kittens pass away from it last year and sometimes a sign can be bloating or fluid buildup around the tummy. So, I let my anxiety get the best of me and I rushed her to the vet," Andrews told Newsweek.

Cheesecake the cat
Cheesecake the kitten went viral after her vet visit. Haley Andrews

Seemingly though, all of Andrews' worrying was for nothing, as the vet pointed out the real reason for her kitten's swollen belly—she's "just fat."

"I've been very worried about Cheesecake lately, because she is so bulbous. I was worried about worms, or worse, fluid buildup from FIP," wrote Andrews in her Facebook post, adding photos of Cheesecake showing her belly that some have described as shaped like an avocado.

"I took her to the vet yesterday. They ran some tests. Looked for fluid. I was stricken with anxiety, heart racing. Untreated FIP is usually fatal to kittens and losing Cheesecake would be too much. The vet comes back into my room and hands me my carrier with Cheesecake back in it. Her face doesn't indicate much. She looks at me. I look at her. I'm terrified.

"'Just fat,' she says. Cheesecake is just fat."

Cheesecake the cat
Cheesecake was told she was simply "just fat" after concerns. Haley Andrews

The hilarious scene is easy to look back on and laugh now, but Andrews said she was more-than-concerned in the moment before getting the comedically relieving news.

"I truly was really nervous the whole time at the vet, but I know her personally (she works with me through the foster organization) and when she told me that she was just fat, we both had a laugh and I felt super relieved. She pretty much just said 'perhaps feed her less,'" Andrews told Newsweek.

According to Statista, over 33 percent of cats were reported to be obese in 2018, while 26 percent were reported to be overweight, making Cheesecake's health scare far from rare.

For Andrews though, Cheesecake being a little larger than expected is a good sign for a rescue animal.

"In rescue, a chubby kitten is a healthy kitten, because they require so much food just to grow and be healthy, but Cheesecake was being a little too glutinous, as was her sister, Cannoli. I scaled back how many cans of wet food I gave them and now they're both a little less fat," she said.

After being posted online, Cheesecake has become somewhat of a heartmelter.

"The best kind of cheesecake has fat in it," commented one user.