No matter how big or small, we adore felines. The amount of love we have for them is boundless. Reason? So easy! Simply put, we can’t bear to be apart from them for even a moment because of how adorable and lovable they are. When we look at these huge felines, we have to wonder, how enormous can a cat get before it becomes unhealthy? The ‘Illegally Big Cats’ subreddit on Reddit is home to a thriving community of nearly 13,000 cat-loving Redditors who post pictures of their big cats for the community to enjoy.
We can all agree that big cats are beautiful, but when they’re too heavy, it’s bad for their health. Overweight cats have a shorter lifespan than their healthy counterparts. Remember that some cat breeds, like Maine Coons, are bigger than average without being overweight. An interview was conducted with PDSA Vet Nurse Nina Downing to get her thoughts on the issue of feline obesity. Remember that a fat cat’s extra weight places extra strain on the body, as Vet Nurse Downing pointed out. This “may also be the case for some larger cat breeds, particularly in the pedigrees, where gene pools tend to be smaller”
We’ve gathered some pictures of these massive felines, which not only help out around the house but are also beloved pets. Relax and take pleasure in it!
1. Thick kitty backed into a corner
“S**t! Where do I find an exit? — Raine Soo
2. I slept and dreamed that life was beauty
“Pencil me in as one of your French girls!” Angela B
3. A fur-covered pony for you
4. 100% cuteness!
As the saying goes, “Some habits die hard.” – Raine Soo
From Downy’s perspective, cats have the same weight issues that we do. As their weight increases, the cats’ health problems will also worsen. She explained that being overweight is detrimental to health because it increases stress on the body’s joints and organs.
5. Look at those beans!
Toe beans! The felines in my house are not fond of it when I rub their paws. Many people assume I have a sick fascination with feet. LOL” As told by Raine Soo
6. So FLOOOFFYYYY!
His fur literally burst into flames. “In the sweetest possible way.” It was written by Elaine Mattingly.
7. He’s not pleased at all
8. What a balance!
‘FLOOF ALERT’ – Someone munching on a potato
9. Look at that floofy belly!
“Aww, look at that squishy tummy!” Please let me pet it. I’m a fan of the Japanese cat fence, too. — Raine Soo
Diabetes, bladder problems (including painful blocked bladders), liver disease, arthritis, breathing problems, and cancer are all things that can happen to overweight cats. Keep in mind that once your cat’s health starts to deteriorate, in addition to these directly related conditions, other problems can start to develop as their body weakens. Downy commented on the situation during an interview.
10. Monsta chonka!
I was thinking, “I wonder if the owners have to work out at the gym. This is one formidable female. “grey galah”
11. His name is Daemon!
12. A cloud maybe?
“Long Kitten! ♡” – Kirbi
13. Chip exploring his surroundings!
Quote from: “His harness matches his nose” by Julia Atkinson
14. Lion to the lion paw!
15. Gentle giant maybe?
16. The monster feline
17. All grown up!
It’s Mommy holding me, the cat says. What makes me different is that I am unique. Engineers who don’t know what they’re doing: engineer nope.avi
It is crucial to keep an eye on cats’ weight and conduct regular diet checks. “It’s vital that if your cat may have underlying health conditions, you do everything possible to keep them healthy so the condition isn’t made worse or brought forward early in life,” said PDSA Vet Nurse Downing. You can help your cat live a long, healthy life by giving it the right amount of high-quality complete food and allowing it to get plenty of exercise. Extra weight puts unnecessary stress on the body, which can exacerbate existing health problems. She insisted that chubby felines are unmotivated and uninterested. Therefore, big cats require special attention.
18. Cute and chonky!
19. He owns the chair
What’s up, guy? Please leave me alone; I need to take a nap. Queen Bella, Cat Enthusiast
20. Meet Zach and Marty!
All aspects of your pet’s life are impacted by their weight. A fat cat is less playful, more sedentary, and less curious about the outside world. Vet Nurse Downing cautioned us to keep an eye on our tabbies if we noticed any changes in their behaviour, saying that even though cats sleep a lot naturally, when they’re awake they should be alert and active because cats are athletic and agile creatures and losing interest in life is an unnatural behaviour for them to develop.
21. Huge and polydactyl!
But seriously, this Maine cis has the cutest mittens. Greetings, and thank you for your interest in our products. To quote: Raine Soo
22. The mighty one
What an absolutely fantastic cat! To paraphrase Mark Berry:
23. Floof alert!
Vet nurse Downing said that people often overfeed their cats because they were not fed properly before they came into their care. Both of these feelings are completely reasonable. But we need to shift our thinking so that we don’t equate the act of sharing a meal with showing affection. Of course, we have to feed our pets, but remember that the main reason for doing so is to ensure that they get the proper nutrition they need to thrive, as emphasised by Downy.
24. Snow leopard?
25. What a big beauty!
26. This cat is huge!
More from Downing: “Overfeeding pets actually harms their health and shortens their lives. The fact that many people don’t realise their pet is overweight is also worth noting. Since we see our pets every day, it’s easy to get used to their appearance.
But always keep in mind that our pets benefit from our time, play, and activity just as much as they do from the food we provide. As a bonus to the quality time we’re spending with our cats, playing with them helps keep their minds and bodies active. This will aid in their efforts to maintain a healthy weight and prevent the onset of any weight-related health issues. Playing with and snuggling with their owners instead of giving them extra food and treats is a much healthier way to show them affection.
27. How long should I hold this pose?
28. He is totally round!
Consequences of obesity in cats include diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and various cancers. Obesity is the worst thing for cats because it shortens their lives and makes them miserable. Overweight cats “desperately need our help,” Dr. Ward said in an interview.
When we asked Dr. Ward about the prevalence of obesity in cats, he told us that the majority of cases were due to overfeeding.
That’s why it’s crucial for cat owners to give their pets a measured amount of food every day. Dr. Ward advises, “Have your veterinarian determine your cat’s current Body Condition Score (BCS), establish a goal of an ideal weight, and figure out how many calories your cat needs per meal.”
29. A gentle giant?
It’ll be okay if you just hold me, I promise. Mattingly, Elaine
30. He doesn’t fit in my eyeballs
If that person’s name were “Tiny,” we’d all die laughing. Soo, Raine
Dr. Ward has observed an alarming number of felines being repeatedly fed the same cat food. When I inquire as to the rationale behind this, the pet owner shrugs and says, “I’m feeding the special food my vet prescribed.” He said, “Losing weight is a journey with many unexpected turns and hills; you must stay alert and be willing to take a different path if you’re not reaching your goal.”
Dr. Ward recommended only 5-minute play sessions per day for feline patients.
To stimulate a cat’s “inner predator,” I also enjoy using “hunter feeders” and “food puzzles.” Provide your cat with as many places as possible to climb and “stalk,” such as vertical surfaces, climbing towers, and other perches. He emphasised the importance of environmental enrichment and exercise for mental and behavioural well-being, in addition to physical fitness.
31. Hand to paw comparison?
32. Weighted blanket?
That cat is one tough cookie. The Raine Soo Show
33. Aragon and Dad
“It doesn’t matter how big or small a dog or cat is; they’ll always choose to sit in a human’s lap.” — engineer nope.avi
34. Magnus the mighty cat
Fits his reputation perfectly!! Written by: troufaki13
35. So big!
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