These kitties are large and in charge!
Photographer Pete Thorne, based in Toronto, recently released a variety of photos featuring a clowder of portly pusses as part of a series called "Fat Cats: Large And In Charge." As Thorne explained in an interview with the Huffington Post, "I realized that there were all these chubby cats out there, and yet a lot of the images I saw online tended to be mocking or making fun of fat cats. So I decided that I would try to photograph them in the most positive light."
Positive light, indeed! Who could resist those chubby little cheeks?
Adorable as these tubby tabbies are, Thorne hopes the photos will also encourage cat guardians to keep their kitties healthy. In fact, several of the cat models are currently on diets themselves.
"I am definitely not condoning poor dietary practice, nor am I going to shame the owners or mock the cats," says Thorne. "That being said we could also use this as an educational opportunity, encourage owners to talk to their vets, and get their cats on a diet, and encourage play and activity for weight loss."
Overweight cats face many of the same health complications—joint pain, diabetes, high blood pressure—that overweight humans do. And, as with humans, genetics and glandular conditions often play as large a role in body shape as diet. Cat parents with multi-cat households know the challenges in trying to find one diet that's appropriate for different cats who may have very different metabolisms, yet (whether we want them to or not) eat the same food.
Still, it's worth making the effort for the sake of health. Erin Wilson, medical director of the ASPCA Adoption Center, suggests working with a veterinarian to develop a proper plan.
"Cats tend to take a long time to lose weight, too," Wilson says. "A weight loss of 1-2 pounds over the course of a year is actually considered a great success!"
The good news, even if your own kitties are slender and svelte, is that Thorne has created a Kickstarter campaign to turn the series into a coffee table book—which means you can enjoy looking at these big-boned beauties to your heart's content.
Large or small, we love them all!
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