Ruffian I take it you find that cat somehow appealing or cute in its obese state.
One reason so many people do let their animals become so grossly overweight is because they find it cute or appealing in some way. Many times I have heard people say that they love fat cats and fat dogs, they find it cute. Considering that the animal eats and most humans give animals the communcative ability of people, they assume the animal will stop when it is no longer hungry.
However, they are hardwired to eat.
And I am not saying Ruffian is going to run around and let animals get fat for all the people that cant take a freaking statment at face value.
I do find him cute his face is so cute, but I do not agree with making your pet fat so it is cute, my cat is at his proper weight. But this cat was a stray, not intentionally made fat, there is a difference. I have seen fat cats, and they have never had wide faces like that, I really think he is part maine coon, due to his face.
My cousins cat that she adopted from the SPCA is 26 lbs, and has lost 3 pounds since she got him, and his face is not that wide.
those poor animals that dog cant even walk.my cats 20 pounds but not over weight,his body is the size of a small dog and he gets vet check ups,i fed a stray cat i call cheeks cause hes got the same face but the body is alot slimmer,i didnt know what breed he was.
As for the cat, considering it had been missing for 6 months, I'm pretty sure it probably made itself fat. Not too many stray or feral cats end up so tubby, but if it hadn't been with it's owner, then it wasn't the owner who made it fat most likely. Fat cats don't normally run away from those who feed them. ;)
I don't personally find most overweight dogs and cats to be cute. Not anymore than I find overweight baby's to be cute. However, I do think that we in the US, have reached a point where no one really KNOWS what a healthy weight is - for dogs or humans. When I take Charley, my 9 mo old, 51 lb beagle/??? mix to the vet - I ask, "is he overweight?" and the vet says - "perhaps a little, but he's still growing and we're not sure what he's mixed with - let's not worry." I take Quincy, my 11 year old, 21 lb beagle mix into the vet and ask, "is he too skinny - I can't get him to gain weight?" and I'm told - "he looks good to me.." - and yet, I can count ribs. I take my son to the doctor - he's 9 yo, he's 4'11 and he weighs 78lbs. The doctor tells me to watch his weight - he COULD be getting heavy... ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? There is no way on earth that ANYONE in their right mind would look at my son and say, he's overweight. We're surrounded by pictures of skinny models, told what the "average" American weighs - and we look at the "average" American and think - no way! But we're to the point where we can't even trust ourselves to KNOW, instinctively what a good, normal weight is.
Understand, I'm not defending the owners of the dog... beer and donuts, whether they make a dog obese or not - should never be fed to dogs. I'm just saying that I can totally see how people would have a dog (or a child) who is at an unhealthy weight and be kind of clueless about it.