When it comes to fat animals, people usually find it extremely funny to look at them. I would say that this is because of a simple contradiction of seeing an animal, but with human characteristics. It is no wonder that most instances of fat animals exist among those that live side by side with human beings, such as fat cats, big dogs, and obese bunnies. By their living arrangement, they have easy access to an obscene amount of food, a safe environment that does not require them to be active and stay fit, and sometimes even a lack of space to exercise enough.
We all love our pets. And what way of showing our love to an animal that does not understand human language, and cannot feel platonic affection. Therefore, it is not that difficult to understand why owners of animals try to lure their pets into loving them back by enticing their animal with all kinds of food, mostly of the kind that animals would never be able to taste in nature, and their stomachs are actually not always fit to process. Still, Sugar and fat have a lot of energy piled up in them, and so nature, with its rules of scarcity, has taught every animal, including humans, to enjoy this stash of energy to the fullest.
Funny fat animals
But the look of a fat animal can be extremely funny, for reasons of human recognition. Great examples are fat cats. With their thick and hairy fur, they already have a natural fat look when they are skinny. This is easy to see if you have ever seen a shaved cat. However, cats are also quite lazy, and thrive well in indoor situations. This makes them perfect for getting fat easily. Sleeping all day, having an air of arrogance to them, and getting fed by owners who mistake providing snacks for attention and care.
The results are cats with bigger heads then ever (yes, big heads in both figures of speech), small and hidden eyes, and a body of a paralyzed sumo-wrestler. Below are some pictures that are both funny and sad at the same time.
Examples of other really fat animals are shown below. Again, most of them are animals that have gotten in this shape because of human interference. However, I also included some pictures that are taken outside of the home. The reasons for their obesity are unclear, but it is not unlikely that they are overfed as well (e.g. in a zoo).
What way can we really help our pet enjoying life as much as possible? It is not by giving them too much food. Instead, we can show our love for them by, as the word suggests, petting them. Human contact is a form of communication that a lot of other social animals (like us) can understand. So don’t give your dog some cookies because it looks cute and you feel a certain affection for it. Do give it an extra pet now and then, and take it for a run outside.