Meow the now 37-pound cat has become quite a traveler. The white and orange shorthair gained national attention when he was taken in by the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society.

The elderly owner could no longer care for him. He had ballooned to 39 pounds.

He and his caretaker flew to New York to appear on Today and Anderson Cooper. He even met actor Hugh Grant while at the Today show.

On the way home, the portly feline - who has already dropped two pounds since being in the care of the shelter - got a patdown by a TSA agent at the airport!

Perhaps they thought a kitty this big has to be carrying some contraband.

PHOTOS: Meow the Fat Cat

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