Keeping New Year's weight loss resolutions can be tough, but if Tiny can do it, why not you?

It was just over a year ago that an extremely overweight 30 pound and 2 ounce grey cat was dropped off at the SPCA in Fredericton, N.B. He was the largest cat staff had ever seen.

Lovingly named Tiny, the overweight feline quickly captured the hearts of not only Canadians, but people around the world. Tiny's story first swept national media before appearing on both CNN and People magazine's websites.

Tiny was placed on a "catkins" diet — high protein, low carb. He also exercised for at least 15 minutes per day. Volunteers and shelter staff kept Tiny's many fans updated on his Facebook page.

Pet obesity isn't confined to Tiny's case — animal lovers have been concerned about the rising scale numbers for years, because much like humans, extra weight in pets can lead to Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and other health conditions, according to Pet Obesity Prevention.

But as Tiny has shown, it's possible to slim down, even when you have four legs. A year later, he's met his weight loss goal, weighing in at just under 17 pounds and looking much more like a normal, healthy house cat.

Check out Tiny's weight loss journey below. Story continues after slideshow.

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  • Arrival, Dec. 2011

    This is how Tiny arrived at the Fredericton SPCA — dwarfing normal-sized cat Rapunzel in a cardboard box.

  • This is Tiny shortly after arriving at the Fredericton SPCA. He weighed 30 pounds and 2 ounces when he first arrived.

  • At this size, Tiny wasn't able to fit in a cage, so this is how he hung out at the SPCA's office.

  • Jan. 13, 2012

    More to love? Tiny quickly became a viral sensation, capturing the hearts of Canadians. Here, Tiny is interviewed by CTV's Nick Moore.

  • January 24, 2012

    At first Tiny was losing weight too fast from not eating at all. But after <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=217850228335700&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198287&type=3&theater">getting into a loving foster home</a>, Tiny started losing at a steady, healthy rate.

  • January 24, 2012

    Playtime is a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=124683610985696&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198287&type=3&theater">great form of kitty exercise</a>.

  • January 26, 2012

    The bow ties begin! This is Tiny <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=125949014192489&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198284&type=3&theater">looking spiffy for a media interview</a>.

  • February 7, 2012

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=217841705003219&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198277&type=3&theater">Progress!</a>

  • Valentine's Day, 2012

    Tiny scored <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=142038999250157&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198277&type=3&theater">a long distance date with Valentine</a>, a cat at the Edmonton Humane Society.

  • April 3, 2012

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=173550282765695&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198256&type=3&theater">Looking good, Tiny.</a>

  • May 28, 2012

    New Brunswickers just can't get enough of this cat. Here, Tiny <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=212996865487703&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198248&type=3&theater">visits a local senior's residence.</a>

  • June 2, 2012

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=215911635196226&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198245&type=3&theater">Tiny at the Chickadee Cat Club Show.</a>

  • June 2, 2012

    The fund begins! To help raise money for Tiny's care and the Fredericton SPCA, 'Tiny's Ties' are introduced.

  • June 6, 2012

    Tiny sporting a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=218242331629823&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198241&type=3&theater">Tiny's Ties tie.</a>

  • June 12, 2012

    Down nearly 9 pounds, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=221699084617481&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198236&type=3&theater">Tiny already looks like a much healthier cat.</a>

  • July 24, 2012

    Tiny gets a check-up. The Fredericton SPCA reminds cat owners that weight loss plans <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=239847032802686&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198170&type=3&theater">should be done with veterinary supervision. </a>

  • August 7, 2012

    Down about 10 pounds, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=244655562321833&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198167&type=3&theater">Tiny is more active than ever.</a>

  • August 24, 2012

    The bags represent how much Tiny has lost so far — <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=247041875416535&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198164&type=3&theater">10 pounds and 16 ounces.</a>

  • October 11, 2012

    Tiny shows off a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=267913846662671&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198155&type=3&theater">Halloween bow tie.</a>

  • November 27, 2012

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=286081421512580&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198152&type=3&theater">Getting close</a> to Tiny's weight loss goal.

  • December 15, 2012

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=292866044167451&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198149&type=3&theater">Merry Christmas, Tiny! </a>

  • January 8, 2013

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=304211389699583&set=pb.112884748832249.-2207520000.1358198141&type=3&theater">He did it!</a>

  • January 13, 2013

    Weight loss goal achieved, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=306192969501425&set=a.306189386168450.73036.112884748832249&type=3&theater">Tiny was adopted by his foster mom.</a>

There was a double celebration on Jan. 13: Not only did Tiny slim down, but he was officially adopted by foster mom Nancy Garon.

"It was a special day,'' said LeeAnn Haggerty, the SPCA's education co-ordinator. "It was a nice way for us to celebrate what we've all accomplished over the last year.''

Tiny's tubbiness wasn't just a cosmetic issue. He was unable to clean himself properly and was at risk for joint issues and feline diabetes. Taking care of an animal with needs like Tiny's takes time and money that shelters like the Fredericton SPCA may not have. However, Tiny's fans were willing to pitch in.

Through donations and sales of Tiny's Ties, a line of ties for cats, $10,000 was raised for the Fredericton SPCA.

Although now in a forever home, Tiny will remain an ambassador for the Fredericton SPCA and an inspiration for pudgy pets everywhere.

With files from the Canadian Press.

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