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(AP Photo/Todd Barton)
In this photo provided by Brittney Barton, Barton, a veterinarian, poses for a photo with Skinny the cat Friday in Dallas.The obese stray cat found wandering six months ago near Dallas has slimmed down from 41 to 34 pounds and has been adopted by the Barton, who has been overseeing his care.

Fat cat in Texas now slims down, adopted by vet

– An obese stray cat found wandering six months ago near Dallas has slimmed down to 34 pounds and been adopted by the veterinarian overseeing his care.

Dr. Brittney Barton said Friday that the orange tabby dubbed Skinny is doing well on a special diet to help lose weight and increase his metabolism.

Barton says she became attached to the onetime 41-pound cat she was treating at an animal orphanage and last month he became part of her family. Skinny joins Barton's husband, three children, a dog and another cat at her home.

Barton says Skinny gets along great with the other animals, can jump up on a couch and runs to his food bag at feeding time. She says the house has long hallways that provide good exercise for Skinny.

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