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Apr 24, 2008

I'm just big-bo—OK I'm fat.

No, I'm not gonna use the word 'catastrophic' in this post. Don't worry.


I think he should hang out with THIS guy. Right K. H.? More on the story here...

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holly mother of...

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 01:27 AM

We took my plumpified purrin' pal to the vet (bump on her lip, all is well) and he called her "sturdy". :)

C Ceres Merry
 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 01:31 AM

me thinx she's squeezn him a bit tight. his eyes are bugging.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 01:37 AM

Jesus...it's Jabba The Cat.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 01:41 AM

HappyLOLDay : Sturdy! Hee! and the "pittens" story is wonderful. But here comes a commentroversy storm - when everybody wakes up in their respective times zones... I'm outta here! (Poor fat lasagna-loving kitty... but he's getting lots of love from his owner.)
Oh, and the real life Garfield with the cable TV commercial is just pitch purrfect!

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 01:53 AM

I do not think this is cute, it's sickening. Poor cat.

Something people should know about overweight cats:


 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 01:56 AM

How about a wafer thin mint.

Hon Glad
 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 01:59 AM

Hon Glad, you just made me laugh for a good 5 minutes straight.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 02:01 AM

This is sick. Who lets their cat get that big? They obviously don't care about their pets health and wellbeing. I'm sorry, but he didn't get that fat eating friskies. This is borderline animal cruelty. This is NOT cute.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 02:26 AM

*News flash* Keep small children and animals inside. A large animal has been seen roaming the neighborhood. Officials are still trying to locate the animal. Strangely enough any trap that they've set baited with food just completely disappears, food and all.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 02:29 AM

i'm with Poohbear, while the mario batali of cats sparks a commentroversy, i'll wait for the next post.

:: quietly tiptoes out of the room ::

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 02:33 AM

The fundamental problem with this outrage over a single overweight cat is that it's just that - one overweight cat. How does this compare the the thousands of animals that are poached or eaten? This cat chooses to overeat, and while the owner may not be taking proper care of the cat, it's certainly not 'abuse.' Putting people who allow their cats to eat to much in the same categories as people who don't feed or physically assault their animals is a slap in the face to the MANY cat lovers out there who have cats that love to eat, and are overweight. Cat's have been fat forever, it's a common stereotype for a reason, and this cat could be very happy and live a long and good life despite his health problems. It's certainly better than a life of living off the streets as many homeless cats do.

Pick a cause that matters and quit insulting people who genuinely care about their animals. Also, my lovely fatty, Professor Cupcake, is offended by your characterization. She want's you to know that she's "big and beautiful."

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 02:56 AM

Jabba the cat says:
"Bring me Barolo and a cookie."

He DOES look like Garfield. (Yes, the animated one.) Look at those bug eyes!

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 03:14 AM

Thats sooo not right Sooo should not be that fat surely...def not cute!

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 03:16 AM

Shouldn't this be in the cute or sad CATegory???
He is a real life Garfiels that's for sure...

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 03:26 AM

Just like with people, being overweight can have many causes, some involve physiological issues and have nothing to do with being overfed.

"Ewe's not fat. Ewe's flooffy!"


 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 03:27 AM

P.S. LMAO @ HonGlad!! It's wafer thin!

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 03:30 AM

I agree with Chloe, Ashley and Vic. Breaks my heart!!! Would you want that to be how heavy your loved was (proportionally, of course)? Wouldn't you worry terribly about their health? Wouldn't a doctor put them on a diet etc. Come on... it is just sad and the owner needs a good rattling!

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 03:30 AM

This cat is only three and at this size he won't live a long life. And towards the end he won't have a very good quality of life either. Sad, not cute.

vet student
 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 03:33 AM

I used to be a very heavy human, proportionately over the norm like the cat in the picture is over the norm. Now I am at normal weight. The thing I remember most is how uncomfortable it was. I couldn't get a book from a lower shelf or a bottle out of a lower cabinet. Going up or down the stairs meant such excruciating knee pain that I practically became housebound. But at least I understood the link between my size and the pain and restrictions on movement.

That poor cat doesn't understand. Surely it can't be comfortable carrying all that bulk, and that's an understatement. The owner is responsible, since the owner can understand the factors that cause the situation and put some controls in place, or get help if she can't figure it out or go through with it (depriving her poor kitty of nom-noms!) on her own. A cat that's spent its life under the loving, watchful care of a human should not get to this condition, and if it does, there's no question that the human owner is responsible. That cat did not forage for food in the streets.

I'm sorry if I crossed the line into nuffingham territory with this post, but I can't understand how her owner can possibly think this is all so amusing. It's not amusing for the cat. Instead of public relations photos (why was this publicized, anyway?), she should be waiting at her vet's office, asking for some critical intervention.

Mrs. Catlabash
 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 03:37 AM

I read cuteoverload to get a dose of happy cuddly cuteness. Cats are all cute, but this just makes me angry. No abused pets, please.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 03:38 AM

Pure animal abuse.

Quote from Steven: "This cat chooses to overeat, and while the owner may not be taking proper care of the cat, it's certainly not 'abuse.'"

What do you mean by saying this cat CHOOSES to overeat, as if animals consciously choose for being overweight. This Laura Santarelli should make sure this poor cat cannot even find so much food, the decision that this cat probably can't even walk properly is totally hers.

Fat cats are cute, but this obviously is too much.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 03:39 AM

Preach it Mrs. Catlabash & Amy!!!

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 03:42 AM

I think that's just sad. Call it what you may, overfeeding your cat is not cool.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 03:44 AM

This hurts me and makes me sad. :(

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 03:49 AM

Thanks, kk3, but frankly, tsk, just after your comment, makes the point much better than me, in just a few words. Overfeeding your cat is not cool.

I just got upset because I know from experience that it must be very uncomfortable to carry so much bulk on a frame that was designed to carry much less. When your cat is too fat to lightly jump up on your bed and walk across your face at 4:00 AM to remind you that it's time to play, you have to face reality, stop calling it "floofy" and help her.

Mrs. Catlabash
 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 04:01 AM

That's not cute, that's animal abuse. People who do that to their pets shouldn't be allowed to own them.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 04:02 AM

either his eyes are about to pop out, or it's a bad photo-shop job

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 04:11 AM

[cue Shel Silverstein]

"Someone ate the baby..."

Rich Fader
 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 04:44 AM

Sorry but I have to agree. Not cute, animal abuse. The cat is only three years old? That is BS that woman cannot get him to slim down.. He's not a person, he isn't going into the refrigerator and pulling out food.. She's giving it to him! Or leaving food all over her house for him to get into, which is still her fault. I can't see that cat living a very long life, and I am sure it is not fulfilling at all. Awful, it makes me sad. Someone should report her to her local animal cops.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:00 AM

Steven, you're a moron. Overfeeding an animal is just as bad as starving them, IMO. No way is that cat leading a full and happy life. Yes, you know what, I have a SLIGHTLY fat cat, he has a little fat pouch, BUT he still is able to run, and play and he's been the same weight for the last four years.. So.. fat cats, yes, they are part of life, but this is obesity. What would you say if someone had a four year old kid that was so obese they could only crawl? You would consider something wrong with that, right? Why is it okay for a cat to be grossly overweight? Ridiculous.

Brandi Again
 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:06 AM

not cool CO. This is abuse. I think you should remove this photo and create a policy on posting photos such as these. Let's hope there is some photoshop involved.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:08 AM

There is nothing cute about that picture.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:08 AM

The cat chooses to overeat? The cat eats what it's given. It can't know of the health effects it's eating is going to cause, but it's owner can, and it's their responsibility to look after the welfare of their pet. Yes it is abuse, it affects the health and welfare of the animal they claim to love, how is that not abuse? So what if it's not as bad as other things? Dumb argument.

"...owner Laura Santarelli finds it impossible to get him to slim down"
Oh no, he just keeps eating, what can we possibly do about it, hmmm, tough one. Not! How 'bout stop feeding him? The food's not coming from nowhere.

Selphie van der Boffin
 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:08 AM

Steven: This cat does not "choose" to overeat. A cat eats because it's given food and it can't tell the difference between low-cal food and fattening food. A cat does not get this big munching on cat-food, either. My three-year-old cat is never declined a kitty-treat, a top-off of her kibble dish, and a spoonful of cream once in a while, yet she's still cat-sized, if a tiny bit on the chubby side.

Saying that a lot of other animals get poached and eaten is bringing a whole different issue into the mix. We ARE picking one cause here.

The issue is the owner who clearly does NOT care about her cat, as any normal owner would be concerned about their pet gaining weight, never mind encouraging it to become 7-year-old-child-sized by stuffing it with Italian cuisine. Cats are meant to eat cat-food for a reason.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:18 AM

Um...(tiptoes in)...

Maybe part Norwegian forest cat? You know...the kind that's bred to be HUGE?

...(tiptoes out)

Hellbound Alleee
 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:22 AM

I used to Nuff about the fat cats, too.

And now I understand, because I have one.

Poor Phoebe has been on prescription diets for over 2 years. We tried the "Catkins" diet. We tried the Science Diet w/d diet. I tried giving her greenbeans for low-calorie bulk. She eats WAY less than the other two cats, but she dwarfs them.

It's just the way she is. I have her on a small amount of "light" cat food and she's still gaining. :( I don't free-feed, either. Our 3 get supervised mealtimes.

I'm terribly concerned for her health, and I wish I could reverse it, but it isn't as though I don't try. And it isn't as if she's allowed to stuff her beautiful kitty face.

So, as a former fat-kitty-nuff, I'm going to say, unless you know this particular cat and this particular owner, and understand their situation intimately, try to withhold judgment.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:25 AM

I thought my cat was fat!!The owners face looks so fimilar. The cat probaly sits in the chairs in the back!!

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:26 AM

[Running in]
Hellbound Alleee: Not a chance! Not even a Mainecoone would be that big (unless it was a Verismo cat) . He is an everyday orange tabby (which are one of my favorites). However, he is not a b-i-g cat, he is a f-a-t cat. BIG difference.
[running out]

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:27 AM

I agree with other who have commented - this is not cute, it's cruel. I can ony hope this turns out to be Photoshopped.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:29 AM

Gillian, do the vets know the cause of this condition? Thyroid?

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:29 AM

Kudos to Cauliflour, you made me laugh out loud. But, i do think that it's cruel to let your cat get that big. I mean, think of how much it must get teased by the other cats...

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:35 AM

when i was little my friend conchita had one of these at her birthday party. there were snickers and twix and tootsie rolls inside.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:35 AM

bring me a bukkit!

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:36 AM

just don't have the strength to even watch the fight.

*takes popcorn and diet coke and goes to another thread*

anyone who wants some snacks I'll be with the cute bunny.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:36 AM

I agree with Gillian...I used to have a fat-cat (Tika) - she lived to be 15 years old...with NO health problems (per her vet that I took her to every 6 months)

...and to call Steven a moron is quite frankly, rude *snort*

I'd hate to be around you people when someone of a larger body size walks by. Good grief!

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:37 AM

I agree that the cat is too big and probably needs to be evaluated by a vet... I'm an overweight human and it's not fun. :(

Poor kitty.

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:49 AM

Gizmo has competition! He's actually losing weight, though, from 26 pounds down to 24 since I've been caring for him. And Maine Coons are large to start with.


 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:49 AM

not cute. the kitty is unhealthy. >_<

 |  Apr 24, 2008 at 05:58 AM

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