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(USA Today)   "But then, cats that look like love seats and dogs that waddle probably don't happen much outside the USA, either."   (usatoday.com) divider line 163
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2010-02-26 08:43:21 AM  
This is great. Now we can look forward to Photoshops of svelte European dogs munching on carrots and low-fat biscuits juxtaposed against impossibly blubbery American dogs with their muzzles buried in grease and chicken bones.
 
2010-02-26 09:33:18 AM  
My big guy

i194.photobucket.com
 
2010-02-26 09:49:50 AM  
They say pets look like their owners.
 
2010-02-26 10:03:53 AM  
That's why I don't feed my dogs...

DNRTFA ... or WTFV
 
2010-02-26 10:05:52 AM  
My cat's name is SuperFatty.

/that is all.
 
2010-02-26 10:05:57 AM  
My dog is about 50 pounds of solid muscle and a little bit of lab flab.

Her secret? Running up and down the hall, playing tug o' war, and jumping on the bed acting like a big goober. She'll jump on the bed like a trampoline for hours if you let her. Boing boing boing.

Also take her outside for walks. I don't understand how people have fat dogs.
 
2010-02-26 10:07:25 AM  
Killing your pet/s with "kindness".
 
2010-02-26 10:07:45 AM  
www.tubcat.com

Hot like the core of this cat from the internal pressures caused by its mass.
 
2010-02-26 10:09:02 AM  
I took in a cat that weighed 35lbs. He has since lost some weight due to the diet I've put him on, but he is still a ginormous cat. Even if he lost all of his fat he would still be bigger than any house cat I've ever seen.
 
2010-02-26 10:09:13 AM  
Flabrador Retriever is a funny word.
 
2010-02-26 10:09:51 AM  
I had a fat cat (like Sweetmelissa21's cat) and he died at the age of 12 from cancer that could not be diagnosed due to the fact he was too fat.

All of you with morbidly obese kitties - please please get them to a vet and get them on a diet and exercise program.

We lost our sweet baby and it's all my fault for letting him get so obese and not correcting it. I'll live with the guilt of that for the rest of my life.

/he died at home while we held him in our arms and tried to comfort him. He died a horrible, nasty death
 
2010-02-26 10:12:02 AM  
Caturday a day early!
icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com
/can't find the New Yorker cartoon of the bean-bag chair cat, darn
 
2010-02-26 10:13:41 AM  
FTFA: "Is he supposed to be so skinny? I always thought his breed was supposed to be blocky."

As the owner of a thin and hyper Basset hound, I get this a lot.
 
2010-02-26 10:14:24 AM  
I don't get how people's pets can get that fat, parents have had over 10 cats in the last 20 years, they just leave food/water out in these big gravity-dispensing bowls, never had a cat more than a couple pounds over weight. One is almost 20 pounds, but he's a Maine Coon, was 13 pounds starving when we took him in.

/He's a freaking lazy cat, but lived most of his life outside as a stray, so I'm sure he's tired of running around and shiat
 
2010-02-26 10:15:29 AM  
TsarTom: My cat's name is SuperFatty.

does your cat's breath smell like cat food?

\my cat's name is "yellowfoot"
\\she pees on her feet
\\\we also call her lula, meemers, mama, mama meemers, the meems, mimsy, little cat, rat cat, shedsy and burf.
 
2010-02-26 10:17:47 AM  
New Moon Rabbit: I had a fat cat (like Sweetmelissa21's cat) and he died at the age of 12 from cancer that could not be diagnosed due to the fact he was too fat.

All of you with morbidly obese kitties - please please get them to a vet and get them on a diet and exercise program.

We lost our sweet baby and it's all my fault for letting him get so obese and not correcting it. I'll live with the guilt of that for the rest of my life.


THIS. People, your cats and dogs aren't making Mickey D's runs behind your back when you're not looking (well, at least mine aren't). If they're obese, it's because you're feeding them too much. And they didn't get that way in a week.

We have a cat about the same age as New Moon Rabbit's who just had a cancerous lump removed, but thank god we were able to catch it early while it was still small, because she's normal weight - 8-9 lbs.

The sad thing is how many morans come over, see her for the first time, and say "wow your cat is sooooo skinny! Don't you ever feed her???" Because all they've ever seen is overweight and obese animals.
 
2010-02-26 10:20:07 AM  
Our dog is actually at the appropriate weight. She's a chocolate lab and had an FHO, so she's missing the top of her femur (HBC rescue). We have to keep her at an appropriate weight or else we'll have problems with her hips. Honestly, it's not that hard. We take regular walks (3 miles, generally 2x/week - sometimes a 3 mile and an 8 mile).

As for the cats, well, that's another story. One's diabetic and we have to have food available for him constantly, so we've got some fatties because they eat his food as well. Two of the fatties are sisters, so I'm thinking there could be some genetic predisposition. The other's a rescue and she just nommed the hell out of all food and got fat. She's also terrified of everything and tends to do nothing but eat and hide.
 
2010-02-26 10:24:34 AM  
I am trying to make the dune reference, but I can't remember the correct term. Was it couchdog?

Dammit!
 
2010-02-26 10:24:45 AM  
http://5z8.info/dogfights_o7x1k_russian-brides NSFW
 
2010-02-26 10:26:47 AM  
And Americans wonder why starving people from third-world countries want to kill us.
 
2010-02-26 10:29:30 AM  
So we have one cat at what the vet calls perfect weight for her size (~ 8 lbs). And we have another who's bigger (just under 13 lbs). She's naturally a big cat, so she'll always be on the big side, but I'm thinking she'd be better at around 11 lbs (the vet agreed she should skinny up a bit).

Problem is, the skinny one doesn't eat her food all at once, so the fatter one eats it.

Any of you Farkers have to deal with this? I could separate them, but since the little one eats throughout the day, it's not like I can keep them separate all the time.
 
2010-02-26 10:29:38 AM  
Link to a thirty-five pound English fat cat (new window)
Because only america has fat pets.. lol what the hell kinda nonsense is THAT?!
 
2010-02-26 10:29:59 AM  
friedlinx: http://5z8.info/dogfights_o7x1k_russian-brides NSFW

Winner.
 
2010-02-26 10:31:18 AM  
sluck604: And Americans wonder why starving people from third-world countries want to kill us.

Its our freedom right ? tell me its our freedom
they hate us for our freedom
wont someone think of our freedom ?

mmmmm bacon
 
2010-02-26 10:32:30 AM  
Dead-Guy: Link to a thirty-five pound English fat cat (new window)
Because only america has fat pets.. lol what the hell kinda nonsense is THAT?!


this. growing up, my cats were indoor/outdoor (they knew not to pee on the rug, etc)

never had weight problems with them, either. what are people doing to their cats for them to get so big?
 
2010-02-26 10:34:30 AM  
sluck604: And Americans wonder why starving people from third-world countries want to kill us.

No we don't. They should move out of the deserts if they want food. 'Cause you know what grows in a desert? SAND! That's right. Sand. Not edible.

Maybe I'll go to Starbucks and have another chai, then while I'm enjoying my salad for lunch, maybe I'll go buy some more food and just throw it away.
 
2010-02-26 10:37:48 AM  
Veteran of the Cola Wars: Flabrador Retriever is a funny word.

haha, that's because it's not just one word!
 
2010-02-26 10:41:14 AM  
Makes me crazy. People are responsible for feeding themselves; our pets depend on us to feed them. Cats allowed outside will keep themselves trim and exercised, as well as honing their hunting skills, but city dogs can't really get a workout unless their owners see to it.

When did overweight become "cute" in pets?
 
2010-02-26 10:43:22 AM  
Nogale: Makes me crazy. People are responsible for feeding themselves; our pets depend on us to feed them. Cats allowed outside will keep themselves trim and exercised, as well as honing their hunting skills, but city dogs can't really get a workout unless their owners see to it.

When did overweight become "cute" in pets?


I don't have a citation, but do have close friends who work in the industry. Cats that are outside also have significantly shorter lifespans. Something like 4 years vs 15 years. This is mostly due to fights with other cats, animals, and automobiles.
 
2010-02-26 10:44:03 AM  
sluck604

And Americans wonder why starving people from third-world countries want to kill us.


I'm overweight but not obese according to BMI chart. I need to do something about it because I hate seeing 250-400 pound people. The men with their bellies hanging out over their pants wearing a too small t-shirt and fat woman wearing dresses up to their asses make me sick. We have become the laughing stock of the world.

And fat pets, like fat people, are ugly.
 
2010-02-26 10:46:45 AM  
All these posts about TFA and not a one mentions how damn cute the Vet is in the pic in the article...

/gheys...
 
2010-02-26 10:47:12 AM  
Yeah, you can't find overweight pets in other countries because they are all eaten. Food costs a lot more in Europe than it does here, and judging by the recent story of the italian chef who soaked a kitty in a stream before boiling it, cats are probably viewed as a cheap alternative to real food.
 
2010-02-26 10:47:56 AM  
You are doing a huge disservice to your pets if you allow them to be overweight. For one thing, you're not letting them get enough exercise.

For another, large dogs live 9-12 years. You can easily take 3-4 years off their healthy, happy lives by letting them get overweight because of the damage it does to their joints. Big breeds like Danes and Shepherds are susceptible to hip problems in the first place.
 
2010-02-26 10:48:18 AM  
A lot of the problem with pet obesity likely stems from the low-quality food that most Americans feed their pets. The same "corn is good!" mentality that gave us HFCS has unfortunately led it to be the main / among the main ingredients in most pet foods.

I think the "raw natural" diets are kind of silly and way too time consuming, but pet owners should consider getting better food for their little ones. I've had a lot of success with Halo-brand for my cats, but any of the premium foods (read: not the supermarket "premium" foods like science diet).

If you don't recognize the first few ingredients on the package, it's not good. Also, avoid "meal" and "byproduct" ingredients -- yuk!
 
2010-02-26 10:48:45 AM  
I have a fat cat and a skinny cat. Fat cat stayed fat through all the prescription diets we tried. The only thing that has her losing weight is we now have a house instead of second floor apartment, and she goes outside a bit now.

I'd like to know why my skinny cat sings in the bathroom though...
 
2010-02-26 10:50:20 AM  
The crap they put into cat food (especially grain) is not what cats' bodies were meant to eat. Even the uber-expensive foods that you can find at PetSmart are bad for your cats.

I bought some chicken drumsticks and chicken liver from the grocery store one day, cut up the raw meat, warmed it up under some warm tap water, and my Munchkin ate it up immediately-and she's usually not a big eater (she's a tiny thing, five years old and only four pounds). If I continued to feed her human grade meat, it would still be a lot cheaper than the store bought food I'd been feeding her, but the problem with feeding only organs and muscle is that the calcium-phosphorous balance is off. I started buying mail order ground meat that has bone ground into it too.

If you love your cats, spend five minutes looking into the best food for them. They depend entirely on you for their sustenance and they are predators who were not meant to eat wheat, corn and rice. This page written by a veterinarian is a great place to start: Feeding Your Cat (pops)

I order my meat from Hare Today (pops), and next time I place an order I'm going to buy some rabbit ears and rabbit feet for my Munchkin to use as toys/snacks.

/Obviously dog owners should also look into this, and I'm sure there are great sites for dogs as well, I just don't know them.
//The Hare Today store stocks lots of treats and meats specifically made for dogs.
 
2010-02-26 10:55:33 AM  
mofomisfit: friedlinx: http://5z8.info/dogfights_o7x1k_russian-brides NSFW

Winner.


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2010-02-26 10:56:44 AM  
www.bestipets.com


www.neatorama.com
 
2010-02-26 10:57:43 AM  
Both my dogs are skinny
never stopped them from gettin busy


Miles - Miles Grey Beard - Smiles - Smilo - Milo - Monkey ass b*tch - Miles Piles - F*ck Face
Basie - Basie Sh*t Eater - Snaggletooth - Basic - Base - Lil' B

/take your dog for a walk you lazy
 
2010-02-26 11:02:16 AM  
ronaprhys: Nogale: Makes me crazy. People are responsible for feeding themselves; our pets depend on us to feed them. Cats allowed outside will keep themselves trim and exercised, as well as honing their hunting skills, but city dogs can't really get a workout unless their owners see to it.

When did overweight become "cute" in pets?

I don't have a citation, but do have close friends who work in the industry. Cats that are outside also have significantly shorter lifespans. Something like 4 years vs 15 years. This is mostly due to fights with other cats, animals, and automobiles.


I'm not sure about that. Might be anecdotal - I can see how an indoors cat who happens to get out wouldn't have the survival skills to make it outside. And feral cats, even the ones that are fed by cat lovers, live in pretty filthy conditions and aren't vaccinated.

But a cat who gets good vet care and has a warm home it deigns to share with its humans can enjoy the best of both worlds. The cat we had when I was a kid lived to 15 (in New York and L.A., not suburbia). When it was his time to go, he simply lay down in a patch of sun and went to sleep. Very classy. Used to bring us presents of mice and birds.

Another outdoors cat we had lived to 13 - cancer got him, not cars or dogs.

And a third is pushing 18 years, steadfastly refusing to acknowledge the renal failure the vet says she's in. She still hunts, but has never bothered herself with presents - just brings her prey indoors and snacks away, leaving a few feathers or a bloody stump of tail to let us know what she's been up to.
 
2010-02-26 11:08:38 AM  
Nogale: When did overweight become "cute" in pets?

about the same time 'overweight' started being used as noun instead of an adjective.
 
2010-02-26 11:08:55 AM  
cerikpete: So we have one cat at what the vet calls perfect weight for her size (~ 8 lbs). And we have another who's bigger (just under 13 lbs). She's naturally a big cat, so she'll always be on the big side, but I'm thinking she'd be better at around 11 lbs (the vet agreed she should skinny up a bit).

Problem is, the skinny one doesn't eat her food all at once, so the fatter one eats it.

Any of you Farkers have to deal with this? I could separate them, but since the little one eats throughout the day, it's not like I can keep them separate all the time.


You need to wean the little cat off of being able to nibble all day. You should feed them twice a day, and pick up their food when they finish eating.

Another thing you can do is take a box, cut a hole in it large enough for the little cat to get into but small enough that the bigger cat can't get into it, then feed the little kitty inside the box. Actual vet advice.
 
2010-02-26 11:13:33 AM  
Nogale: I'm not sure about that. Might be anecdotal - I can see how an indoors cat who happens to get out wouldn't have the survival skills to make it outside. And feral cats, even the ones that are fed by cat lovers, live in pretty filthy conditions and aren't vaccinated.

But a cat who gets good vet care and has a warm home it deigns to share with its humans can enjoy the best of both worlds. The cat we had when I was a kid lived to 15 (in New York and L.A., not suburbia). When it was his time to go, he simply lay down in a patch of sun and went to sleep. Very classy. Used to bring us presents of mice and birds.

Another outdoors cat we had lived to 13 - cancer got him, not cars or dogs.

And a third is pushing 18 years, steadfastly refusing to acknowledge the renal failure the vet says she's in. She still hunts, but has never bothered herself with presents - just brings her prey indoors and snacks away, leaving a few feathers or a bloody stump of tail to let us know what she's been up to.


The vaccinations and having a home helps, no doubt. I'm betting that a bunch of the cats initially die as kittens, bringing the overall average down. Lots of it will depend on the local environment, as well.

I think what's much more correct than using the straight stats is that cats that make it past their first year or two as indoor/outdoor cats will live close to the normal lifespan because the others that can't make it are already dead. The other factor that would bring it down would be the fights with everything else. Cat vs raccoon isn't a good proposition. Nor is cat vs dog (especially feral dogs) don't favor the cats, either.

What I'd love to do, but just haven't done yet, is build in our back porch so the cats can at least have a bit of outside to sun themselves, etc.
 
2010-02-26 11:16:23 AM  
Bartleby the Scrivener: Nogale: When did overweight become "cute" in pets?

about the same time 'overweight' started being used as noun instead of an adjective.


Or people stopped capitalizing the first word in a sentence.
 
2010-02-26 11:23:59 AM  
Nogale: Or people stopped capitalizing the first word in a sentence.

that was done on a tuesday in 1913. cummings wasn't even the first.
 
2010-02-26 11:24:53 AM  
Bartleby the Scrivener: Nogale: When did overweight become "cute" in pets?

about the same time 'overweight' started being used as noun instead of an adjective.


Which happened after food became cheap enough for poor people to get fat.
 
2010-02-26 11:25:50 AM  
Bartleby the Scrivener: Nogale: Or people stopped capitalizing the first word in a sentence.

that was done on a tuesday in 1913. cummings wasn't even the first.


Bartleby, I like your style. I think I'll kill you last.
 
2010-02-26 11:27:38 AM  
Stop giving your pets people food. Period. My critters get the grease out of the pan and that's about it.

I've never fed them anything but Purina Critter Chow, and the only time I had a fat pet was when I was letting the dog eat all the people food leftovers.
 
2010-02-26 11:27:42 AM  
I lied.
 
2010-02-26 11:27:45 AM  
My dog waddles, but only because she has bow legs.
 
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