By Dan Howlett @DanHowlett85

SPRINKLES may be the USA’s fattest cat – tipping the scales at an enormous 32 pounds

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Large cat: Sprinkles is the fattest cat that staff at the centre have ever seen

The domestic shorthair has a typically tiny frame and should weigh between 11 and 13 pounds.

She is now on the road to recovery after being placed on a strict diet and exercise regime by staff at SOS Sea Isle City Cats in New Jersey, USA.

Human food: Staff at the rescue centre believe she was left to feed herself the wrong food

Her primary caregiver, Stacy Olandt, said: “This is an obscenely overweight cat, she could not walk when we got her and she is still unable to roll over.

“This isn’t just a pudgy cat – this is a medical issue, overweight cat.

“Our vet has been in practice for more than 40 years and he has never seen such a fat cat. “

Weight loss: Sprinkles will be on a specially designed diet for 18 months

Sprinkles was found in a foreclosed house before she was taken to New Jersey animal shelter who sent her to SOS.

“We didn’t know anything about her owners,” added Stacy.

“I think it’s pretty clear that they didn’t know how to properly take care of a cat.

“She is constantly craving attention and is so overweight that we would surmise that she was left alone to feed and eat too much.”

Tummy tuck: After Sprinkles has lost her weight she will undergo the procedure

Sprinkles' massive weight has led to other health complications for the four-year-old feline.

Stacy, 71 added: “When we first got her she had fleas and ear mites.

“Her little backside was covered in urine burns because she could not reach around to take care of herself.

“She has the typical problems of a very overweight human, her joints are compromised, her heart is being stressed and she is simply not very mobile.”

Sprinkles was uninterested in cat food when she arrived at the rescue centre – leading staff to believe that she was being fed human food from the table by her previous owners.

Domestic shorthair: Sprinkles should weigh between 11 and 13 pounds
Heavy burden: Many of the older women who work at the centre cannot lift Sprinkles up the stairs

Stacy added: “Our vet has developed a specialist science diet food which we will be switching her to.

“That will be very carefully measured so she loses weight carefully over the next year and a half.”

Along with a specialist diet the feline will soon be looking fabulous after going under the knife.

“Her vet will do a pro-bono tummy tuck because she will probably have skin hanging on the floor,” added Stacy.

“We are now hoping that she will get adopted into a home where she can become the centre of attention.”

Happy life: Sprinkles is a sociable cat and staff at the centre hope she will go on to have a happy life

Sprinkles may be losing weight but many of the older ladies who volunteer at the centre still struggle to manoeuvre her.

Stacy said: “She is difficult to lift because she is quite heavy we have had to get a dog crate instead of a cat carrier to move her around in.

“There is a young man who works nearby who helps to carry her up and down the steps where she lives.”

Despite her difficult start – staff are confident that Sprinkles will go on to have a happy life.

“We think that Sprinkles has a very bright future, she is only four-years-old and is extremely social and friendly,” added Stacy.

“With proper weight control she could have a bright future ahead of her.

“Many cats live well into their 20s so she is very much at the beginning of her journey.”