Cow Cats - The New Feline Breed!

Introducing Snowball, the star of the new movie - Mutant Ninja Cats!

This is Snowball, but think he should rename her, Avalanche!
This is Snowball, but think he should rename her, Avalanche!

Welcome Cat Lovers!

Well, as you can see by this first photo, this article is not about your normal, everday feline friends. The photos that follow are not fakes, at least as far as I can tell, but are of real pets that have somewhat of a dietary problem! You just won't believe the size of these cats! So, loosen your belt, get a nice snack and take a gander at these "Cow Cats!"

All the cats featured on this page wiil have a chance to win a guest appearance on the 'Biggest Loser' TV show. Although we can laugh at these photos, the problem of overweight pets is very serious and even deadly!

I can't believe I ate the WHOLE thing...BURP!

I am not fat, just pleasingly plump... anyone up for Sumo wrestling?

How undignified! Goodness Lady, at least cover my bottom half!

I've fallen and I can't get up...wake me when it's time to eat!

My friends call me 'Jaws'.

No, you cannot use me as a doorstop!

This guy looks like he is getting a HERNIA!
This guy looks like he is getting a HERNIA!

Does anyone have some Pepto Bismol handy?

Is somebody free to give me a belly rub?

I am not getting on that scale and that is final!

A chubby cat in action....well, sort of...

Animal Obesity - a Serious Health Problem

Although we all can laugh at these photos, overweight pets are a huge problem in our country and the world. So many of our animal friends are dieing way earlier than they would if they maintained healthy lifestyles. Overfeeding and lack of exercise are the main culprits of overweight pets, especially in cats! Diabetes is rising so fast in our pets..it is absolutely frightening! These pets depend on us to care for them and keep them healthy, but sadly, we aren't doing a good job.

Commercial pet foods are very high in calories and fat content...exactly what our pets don't need. Very few commercial brands are considered well-balanced and healthy. Unfortunately, even our veterinarians and animal shelters use these unhealthy commercial brands for their pets. Many get free or substantially reduced prices for these products since it is a way for the manufacturers to advertise. As a pet owner, it is your reponsibility to provide your pet with healthy food and take care of their other needs as well, such as regular exercise. Our pets depend TOTALLY on us for their well-being, providing us with companionship, love, and enjoyment. The least we can do is take care of them the best way possible.

Dr. Fox and Friend

Dr. Fox

For excellent information on caring for our animal friends, Dr. Fox, a highly respected veterinarian and supporter of animal rights, please visit his website.  His website provides a variety of topics for the responsible pet owner, including healthy pet nutrition, information on how to treat a wide variety of animal maladies, and so much more!   As a syndicated columnist in many newspapers, his advice columns are a welcome source of information  to millions of people. 


Well, my friends, I truly hope you enjoyed our chubby friends! I truly feel sorry for these poor cats! Most appear to be happy and healthy. I am sure, most of them are relatively young, but as they grow older, I am sure their quality of life will begin to deteriorate. Just walking with that much weight will cause a lot of spinal and other problems. Moving around will become more difficult with each year. These poor babies will have to live with pain, joint problems, and of course, will most likely get diabetes and organ problems, not to mention an untimely death. How sad to know these loving pets are most likely doomed to an early death and a lot of suffering as they near the end of their lives. People say that they love their pets and I am 100% sure the owners of these pets do. I just pray they do all that they can to get their cats back to a healthy weight so they can have more years with their feline companions. Thanks for visiting and God Bless you and God's creatures!

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Wealthmadehealthy 5 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

Maybe they should get on my diet plan. I am having a hard time believing these cats are this large from the wrong food. They have to be a breed of cat I have never heard of. They are larger than the normal cat. Is there a breed which is larger?? They are much bigger in body and do not appear to be just "fat" Almost scary that a house cat would be this large.


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Wealthmadehealthy 5 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

After reading this, I googled large cat breeds...there is a large breed of cat which is bigger than normal.

http://www.cat-lovers-only.com/largest-domestic-ca...

Interesting hub.


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Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA Author

Hi, Wealthmadehealthy!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. I have never heard of a normal breed of cat being as large as the cats in these photos, but I have seen a few cats that are extremely larger than normal cats like I have. The largest domestic cats I know of are the Maine Coon and believe the other is called a Bengal something. Of course, some cats have been bred with non-domestic cats..believe they are called a hybrid. If a domestic cat is somehow bred with a wild relative, which are for the most part, much larger, than I am sure the offspring would be generally larger too.

A normal domestic shorthair cat usually weighs about 9-12 pounds. My cats have all been in that healthy weight range. The cats in these photos were way more than that, one weighing over 40 pounds! I am sure the others were in that range too, especially Snowball, the first cat you see at the beginning of my article.

I will have to look into it and see what I can find. Thanks for the link also! Take care!


Ghost32 5 years ago

Our Moe Key Man cat's weight got away from us years ago when he ballooned up to between 21 and 22 pounds. When he finally left this planet, he came right back (reincarnated) in a speedy, lithe, lean kitten-body we named Gato.

Gato is super-athletic, AND you can bet we're watching his diet this time around.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Our vet took 2 of the kittens when my mother rescued Angie the cat who almost immediately delivered 5 kittens. From almost day 1 one of the 2 kittens who grew into a full grown cat, was larger than the other one. Our vet had him on a diet most of his life.

I guess some cats...just like people, put on more weight than others eating the same exact diet. Our Dusty is much heavier than his counterpart, Peaches.

Useful article and rating it such. Thanks!


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Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA Author

Hello again, Ghost!

One of my cat's Eowyn, was a chubby one too. Don't recall her weight, but know it was over what it should have been, but nowhere near the size of these cats! She loved her food, that is certain! Specks, before she left me 3 years ago, was a chunker too. She would eat constantly if there was any food in her bowl, so I had to ration it. I recall one time I left her for 3 days and put out enough food, I thought, for her. When I got home, she looked like Jabba the Hut. She just gorged herself! She was always a little overweight, but again, not like these cats. I think her top weight was 17 pounds, but got her down to 14, no easy task. Her ideal weight was 11, so still had a way to go. The only time she was really thin was right before she passed on when she couldn't eat. She looked so pitiful and miserable. The one thing she loved was to eat, and she couldn't even do that at the end.

My Livvy has a good weight. She is much more active than my other two ever were. She is also much larger than Eowyn or Specks. Must have one of the larger breeds in her makeup. She can put the food away, but I watch her and make sure she doesn't gain weight.

Thank for stopping by and sharing a little about your Gato! He sounds like Super Gato!!!


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Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA Author

Hi there, Peggy!

Where do you find the time? You right such amazing hubs and still have time to go all over leaving comments! :) I believe you are right. Cats, just like people gain weight according to their individual genes and stuff. Some cats can eat like pigs, and not gain a pound. I had to ration food to Specks, since she would eat anything in sight and fought with her weight for over 16 years. She never was extremely overweight, but enough to notice a couple bulges on her. She weighed 17 pounds at one point, almost double of what she should have since she was a fairly small size. Getting her down 3 pounds wasn't easy, but it helped.

My Livvy is a much larger cat than Specks, may have some Maine Coon in her. She has a very thick, muscular neck and thick front paws. Her head is also larger than most cats...kind of like a bulldog. Her front end looks strong and muscular, like the bulldog, but then the back part is normal.

Thanks for stopping by...I appreciate it! Take care, now!! :)


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Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Can cats be diabetic? Maybe they can and maybe these cats were and so everything turned to fat that they ate because of their insulin problem. Astounding photos and very sad, really.


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Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA Author

Hi Pamela,

Yes, cats definitely can have diabetes. I had a part-time job in a veterinarian's office and also volunteered at a large animal shelter. Cats that have diabetes have to have insulin injections just like humans. Their blood glucose has to be monitored as well. Overfeeding and lack of exercise are the main causes of feline diabetes. I am certain that some of those cats above have diabetes.

It is very sad to see those poor kitties! I love cats and have had them in my home almost my whole life. I wanted to bring attention to this problem with a little humor, not a lecture since people tend not to like them. That is why I posted the pictures with the crazy captions first and ended on a serious note.

Thanks for stopping by! God Bless you!


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MyTMidge 5 years ago

Those are some awesome big cats. They put my own to shame. I'll never call my 19 pound cat fat again.


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Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA Author

Hi MyTMidge - Thank your for stopping by and visiting. When I first saw these pictures, I thought they were dogs, especially Snowball in that first picture. I have known that many cats are way overweight from overeating and exercise, but these are absolutely shocking. I didn't think a cat could get that huge!

I have had a couple chunkers too, but nothing like that. My Eowyn weighed about 15 pounds, but my Specks, now she ate like an elephant! I had many problems keeping her weight down. I wrote another hub about her called Grieving Over a Lost Pet.

God Bless you and your skinny cat! hehe


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Such a wonderful collection of cats. It is not healthy for them to be so large, but they all seem very loved. We have a few fat cats, but their not that big. Nice hub, and God Bless You.


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Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA Author

Thank you Stars! Cat obesity is really becoming a huge problem in the U.S. It is very unhealthy and shortens their lives. The normal life span of a cat is around 15 years, which isn't that long. If really overweight, it can cut a couple years off of that. As you know, I lost my sweet Specks a few years ago and although she was a bit overweight, I got her down close to where it should be. I would have given anything to have her several more years.

I am sure most of the owners above love their cats and just pray they are trying to save their lives by getting them to lose that weight. A 40 pound cat is unacceptable.

A diabetic cat is no picnic, for the owners or the poor cat...especially one that loves to eat!

Bless you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend, my friend!


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

This is absolutely new to me. I never knew some cats need to go on a diet. Yes but to be healthy that does make sense.

Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination, Pets and Animals category. Read this week's hubnuggets and vote right here: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/Mary-Mary-Quit...


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kat11 5 years ago from Illinois

I thought the article was very informative. Good luck from another newbie to the others.


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Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA Author

I had 2 cats that had to have food rationed since they were gaining weight. Nothing like these here, but overweight. Commercial cat food is usually very high in calories and fat, and most cats never get exercise..they just eat and sleep mostly. Thanks for the congrats and also for stopping by! God Bless you.


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Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA Author

Kat11: Welcome to my hub and to hubpages. I appreciate your comments...enjoy your stay here.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Wow-that is about as sad as any person who is grossely overweight. Thanks for sharing-good luck in the hubnugget contest.


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Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA Author

Denise: Thank you for coming by. Now, even our pets are being affected by dietary habits. It is so sad. Thanks for the good luck. It would be cool to win, but I already have won by having good friends here on the hub!


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

knightheart no way!! Yes way our furry fat friends. Shame owners shame. I am a wretched sin owner I spoil my animals with all sorts of stuff that is a vet no no. I guess they are so Blessed because I never had a fattie. Keep em running with me. Loved the pictures. Pray all is well with you brother. You keep on you hear?? You are loved by an awesome God. Your sis in Christ happens to love ya too.


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Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA Author

Hi Skye! Thanks for dropping by and commenting. I just couldn't believe these photos when I came across them...unbelieable that a cat could get so huge and still move! Thank you for your support as always...had a bit of a disappointing day in the love, or should I say, seeking love department. It sure gets frustrating when things start to look up and then, BAM, out of the blue, something brings you down like a rock. Be well and take care, sis.


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

back at you bro. Hugs


Julie 4 years ago

I thought my cat sheba was fat she weighs around 11 lbs we have 5 cats we feed them once a day all are healthy but sheba goes and hunts and eats her kills too 3 of the cats eat from a dog dish i have 2 in a room to themselves well till once got URI now he is in room alone with me but he dont mind he is just over 6 lbs the other was rescued from the streets as all of our cats are and he has tripled his weight since we rescued him about 3 months now i think and he is a long lean cat almost 2 times as long as bandit is it was funny at first Moris would eat so much his belly looked like he swallowed a ball but he was outside fending for himself and never knew when he would eat so that was understandable but he has larger paws and longer body than bandit does i would guess his weight to be 8 to 9lbs as he weighs nearly as much as sheba our 11lbs cat thanks for all the info on cats here and pics are great i posted on a squirrel hub once i think as i just rescued and released 3 baby squirrels we hand fed them for about 3 months as they was weaned and ready for release we had gotten the squirrels at about 3 weeks of age.


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Knightheart 4 years ago from MIssouri, USA Author

Hi Julie,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Cats are very much like us...they each are individuals and have their own habits, quirks, and yes, even weight/eating problems. No cat is exactly alike. Feeding cats is a tricky business, especially if you have more than 1. While one cat can eat like a pig and remain slim and weight appropriate, another cat can eat the same amount and blow up like a balloon. Their metabolisms are like ours...some are high calorie burners, and some like the cats here in this post are probably low calorie burners. I know my cat Specks had to be rationed...never could leave food out in the bowl for she would eat it constantly if I did. She got 1 coffee scoop of dry food in the morning and 1 at night and still her weight was higher than it should. Not until she got sick and couldn't eat at the end, did her weight come off, but by then her life was nearing an end. When I did say goodbye to her, she was so thin and it was so sad to see her that way when her whole life she enjoyed eating so much and was pretty big. I am just glad that now she is well and happy in Heaven where she doesn't have to worry about anything.


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Knightheart 4 years ago from MIssouri, USA Author

Hi Julie,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Cats are very much like us...they each are individuals and have their own habits, quirks, and yes, even weight/eating problems. No cat is exactly alike. Feeding cats is a tricky business, especially if you have more than 1. While one cat can eat like a pig and remain slim and weight appropriate, another cat can eat the same amount and blow up like a balloon. Their metabolisms are like ours...some are high calorie burners, and some like the cats here in this post are probably low calorie burners. I know my cat Specks had to be rationed...never could leave food out in the bowl for she would eat it constantly if I did. She got 1 coffee scoop of dry food in the morning and 1 at night and still her weight was higher than it should. Not until she got sick and couldn't eat at the end, did her weight come off, but by then her life was nearing an end. When I did say goodbye to her, she was so thin and it was so sad to see her that way when her whole life she enjoyed eating so much and was pretty big. I am just glad that now she is well and happy in Heaven where she doesn't have to worry about anything.

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