Cinderblock the Fat Cat Charms the Internet With Lazy Workout Routine

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Seregraff/iStock via Getty Images

Having to be active when you'd rather be in bed is a universal experience. Perhaps that's why this video of a fat cat on an aquatic treadmill went viral when it was shared on social media last week. In the brief clip below, Cinderblock the cat is shown doing the bare minimum of her new workout routine—a feeling many of us can relate to.

As CNN reports, Cinderblock's former owner surrendered her to the Northshore Veterinary Hospital in Washington state when the demands of pet care became too much to handle. At 25 pounds, the 8-year-old gray domestic shorthair was morbidly obese from overfeeding. When the hospital's medical director and veterinarian Brita Kiffney saw Cinderblock, she knew she had to take care of the chonky feline.

Cinderblock has since been put on a strict diet and exercise regimen in order to get her down to a healthy size. But the lifestyle change hasn't come easily. As the video shared by the Northshore Veterinary Hospital on Facebook shows, the cat figured out how to sit and exercise at the same time by "walking" on the underwater treadmill with one paw.

The internet proved once again that it's a sucker for fat cat videos. The hospital's video was shared more than 2.2 million times and it's since gone viral on Reddit and Twitter. Commenters have shared both their support and their empathy for the gym-averse feline.

(If you're wondering why Cinderblock has to work out this way, the hospital wrote on its Facebook page that "Cinder has arthritis in multiple joints and is carrying an extra 10 lb of body weight. The water provides a reduced weight-bearing environment that increases functional use of limbs without marked weight loading and resultant discomfort to joints.")

Though innovative, Cinderblock's workout strategy wasn't doing much to help her get fit. Eventually, her trainers were able to convince her to use the treadmill with all four legs. Let her grumpy energy be an inspiration to anyone who's ever had trouble getting to the gym.

[h/t CNN]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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A Wily Fox With a Passion for Fashion Stole More Than 100 Shoes From a Berlin Neighborhood

The smirk.
The smirk.
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In Berlin, Germany, a fox has embarked on a crime spree that puts Dora the Explorer’s Swiper completely to shame.

CNN-News18 reports that residents of Zehlendorf, a locality in southeastern Berlin, spent weeks scratching their heads as shoes continued to disappear from their stoops and patios overnight. After posting about the mystery on a neighborhood watch site and reading accounts from various bewildered barefooters, a local named Christian Meyer began to think the thief might be a fox.

He was right. Meyer caught sight of the roguish robber with a mouthful of flip-flop and followed him to a field, where he found more than 100 stolen shoes. The fox appears to have an affinity for Crocs, but the cache also contained sandals, sneakers, a pair of rubber boots, and one black ballet flat, among other footwear. Unfortunately, according to BBC News, Meyer’s own vanished running shoe was nowhere to be seen.

Foxes are known for their playfulness, and it’s not uncommon for one to trot off with an item left unattended in a yard. Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife explains that foxes are drawn to “things that smell good,” which, to a fox, includes dog toys, balls, gardening gloves, and worn shoes. And if your former cat’s backyard gravesite is suddenly empty one day, you can probably blame a fox for that, too; they bury their own food to eat later, so a deceased pet is basically a free meal.

The fate of Zehlendorf’s furriest burglar remains unclear, but The Cut’s Amanda Arnold has a radical idea: that the residents simply let the fox keep what is obviously a well-curated collection.

[h/t CNN-News18]