A fat cat named Gacek, who gained fame as a top-rated attraction in the Polish town of Szczecin, has been taken off the streets and put on a diet. This decision came after his popularity on Google surpassed that of more traditional tourist spots in the city. At the height of his fame, Gacek even survived a kidnapping attempt. However, concerns about his health prompted locals to request the removal of his Google listing, preventing people from flocking to see and feed him.
Gacek, a black and white stray cat, received over 3,000 Google user reviews, with many praising his charm and personality. The constant stream of visitors offering him snacks caused the plump feline to gain excessive weight, leading the local animal shelter to intervene. In April, he received treatment for dental and joint problems. A veterinarian recommended that he lose around 4-5 kilograms (9-11 pounds).
Last month, the Animal Welfare Association announced that Gacek, now slimmed down, was doing well and had found a new home. Renamed George, the former fat cat is enjoying his active lifestyle, running up and down stairs and leaping onto countertops. George's transformation has delighted his fans, who continue to shower him with praise on social media.
The famous cat is now using his newfound celebrity status to help raise funds for the local animal shelter. Despite his popularity, there were instances where Gacek's fame attracted unwanted attention. In March, a cat thief attempted to steal him but was foiled by locals.
The story of Gacek, the fat cat turned slim superstar, serves as a cautionary tale about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for pets. The animal shelter's efforts to put him on a diet and find him a loving home highlight the dedication and care they provide to animals in need.
In the end, Gacek's journey from a street cat to an internet sensation emphasizes the power of online platforms and how they can bring attention to unexpected stars, even those of the feline variety.