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New Mexico Fat Cat 'Meow' Dies

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SANTA FE, N.M.) -- Meow, the 39-pound cat from New Mexico who made national headlines in his quest to lose weight, has died.

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society announced Meow's death in a Facebook post, saying the two-year-old cat passed away Saturday afternoon after suffering respiratory distress and then pulmonary failure.

Meow gained national attention last month after he was abandoned by his elderly owner and sent to the shelter which put the obese cat on a diet in hopes he could lose enough weight to be adopted.

The orange-and-white tabby made a round of appearances on national TV shows with shelter officials to chronicle his weight loss efforts.  He was in the care of a foster home at the time of his death.

"Meow had been doing so well in his foster home; walking up stairs and seeking affection; that it is so very hard to believe he is gone," the shelter said in its Facebook statement.

"We will forever be grateful for the attention Meow's size brought to pet obesity and to animal shelters across the country."

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Jack the Cat Dies from Wounds

Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Jack the cat, the Norwegian Forest kitty that captured hearts across the country when he was found seven weeks after getting lost at New York's JFK airport, died on Sunday.

According to a statement made on his fan Facebook page, the five-year-old feline was euthanized Sunday by a veterinarian after succumbing to his wounds.

“Jack had extensive wounds on the back of his body, and the wounds were unable to heal because his skin had deteriorated due to the malnutrition that occurred while he was lost … The vet compared his skin condition to having severe burns over 50-60 percent of his body,” the statement read.

“The vet was very clear that she had conferred with every possible doctor regarding options for Jack, but none of them left him with a substantial chance of survival and all of them involved him suffering,” the statement continued.

American Airlines said in a previous statement that they assumed responsibility for covering Jack’s veterinary and medical expenses after he was found on Oct. 26 -- nearly two months after becoming lost when his owner, Karen Pascoe, was traveling from New York to California.

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Missing Colorado Cat Found in New York City Five Years Later

Russell Illig/Photodisc/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) -- A calico cat that ran out of its Colorado home five years ago while it was being renovated has been found hundreds of miles away in New York City.

According to the New York Post, "Willow" was found on East 20th Street by a man who took the cat to New York's Animal Care and Control.  After scanning its implanted microchip, the shelter was able to track down the cat's owners in Colorado.

The newspaper says Willow could be reunited with its family in two weeks.

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New York Cat Needs Name After Mysterious Journey

Thinkstock/Getty Images (file)(NEW YORK) -- Ginger from Gilligan's Island. The Unsinkable Molly Brown -- think Titanic. Salty. And even Snookie. Those are some of the names being considered for the stray calico cat that has made her home on Governors Island in New York Harbor.

According to Leslie Koch, president of the Trust for Governors Island, the cat was found Sunday night by security guards making the rounds on the island's north shore.

"We don't know where she came from. Her fur was a little matted. There was salt in her fur," Koch said. "There was a piece of seaweed around her foot."

Soaking rains in New Jersey last weekend may have forced the feline to swim across the mile-wide harbor from New Jersey, or she may have come from Brooklyn, said island spokeswoman Elizabeth Rapuano. She said the new visitor was a great addition to the 172-acre island, though.

"We are enjoying having her," Rapuano said. "She adjusted here very quickly."

The island's blog solicited names for the orange, white and black castaway and so far has about 1,000 suggestions -- including Odysseus, Gov'Nor and Gertrude (for the first woman to swim the English Channel).

Rapuano and Koch said they'd received calls from a number of people saying they'd lost a cat. The island is getting advice from animal groups on how best to proceed.

The two said they would pick a few popular name suggestions and then put them up for a public vote. It is the first time there's been a cat on the island because it is pet-free. The cat arrived a bit early for tourist season -- the island doesn't open to the public until Memorial Day weekend.

They said they planned to have the cat seen by a vet next week, though she seemed healthy.

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