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post #1 of 26
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This is nothing to smile about. The poor baby is only 3 years old and weights 35 lbs:

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2809392.html
post #2 of 26
Holy crap..is that real??
post #3 of 26
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Holy crap..is that real??
'Fraid so. Pretty sad if you ask me.
post #4 of 26
The cat almost looks fake....why are his eyes bugging out like that? Sad.
post #5 of 26
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....why are his eyes bugging out like that?
Possibly because of the way he is being held. I don't think a cat that size should be held like that. That's the least of his problems though...
post #6 of 26
OMG that's horrible. That lady should not be allowed to have that poor kitty.
post #7 of 26
:o

i have spent ages glaring at it cant see any photoshoppery
disgusting..
i always wanted a large ginger tom but thats wrong!!!!!!!!
post #8 of 26
OMG! That's awful! That poor kitty. I can't believe the woman is smiling!
post #9 of 26
I looked it up online and it says the Cat is real but the Picture was altered to make it look worse. He is very fat though.
post #10 of 26
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I looked it up online and it says the Cat is real but the Picture was altered to make it look worse. He is very fat though.
they did a god job of altering it then
post #11 of 26
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I looked it up online and it says the Cat is real but the Picture was altered to make it look worse. He is very fat though.
I don't know... Here's another pic:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstor...9520-20379172/

And a video that I can't view cuz I'm at work:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=W914QisLN60
post #12 of 26
A Real-Life 'Garfield'?

My colleague Franny Syufy recently blogged about an Italian housecat who weighs an astonishing 35 pounds (that's "morbidly obese" to you and me) and has gotten a lot of press coverage because of his facial resemblance in some photos to the cartoon cat Garfield.

Now, I do not doubt that Orazio is real or that his diet consists largely of lasagna. What bugs me is that a few of the photos, especially this one on Ananova.com, have a slightly, um, Photoshopped look to them (the eyes and mouth in particular). Other photos, not so much.
The Cat is real but they say some pics are altered.
post #13 of 26
That cat looks like it weighs more than 35 pounds.
post #14 of 26
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A Real-Life 'Garfield'?

My colleague Franny Syufy recently blogged about an Italian housecat who weighs an astonishing 35 pounds (that's "morbidly obese" to you and me) and has gotten a lot of press coverage because of his facial resemblance in some photos to the cartoon cat Garfield.

Now, I do not doubt that Orazio is real or that his diet consists largely of lasagna. What bugs me is that a few of the photos, especially this one on Ananova.com, have a slightly, um, Photoshopped look to them (the eyes and mouth in particular). Other photos, not so much.
The Cat is real but they say some pics are altered.
Did you watch the video? I can't watch it at work. Does he look as big in them? I think he may look odd in the pics because of the way he is being held. Regardless, the point is it is sad that a cat would be allowed to reach 35 lbs. Especially at such a young age.
post #15 of 26
Geesh, why don't people want healthy animals?
post #16 of 26
i wonder how big that woman's 5 other cats are
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by mschauer View Post
Did you watch the video? I can't watch it at work. Does he look as big in them? I think he may look odd in the pics because of the way he is being held. Regardless, the point is it is sad that a cat would be allowed to reach 35 lbs. Especially at such a young age.
No he dosent look as big in the video but still way too fat.
post #18 of 26
I had a cat that was 37 at his heaviest right around 4 or 5. He was on diet food and water and never lost more than a few pounds in his entire life. I think he had some illness we did not know about at the time we had him, he was our first cat and we werent given much help on how to help him.
post #19 of 26
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I had a cat that was 37 at his heaviest right around 4 or 5. He was on diet food and water and never lost more than a few pounds in his entire life. I think he had some illness we did not know about at the time we had him, he was our first cat and we werent given much help on how to help him.
That is different. This person admits to feeding her cat lasagna. That is not good for a cat to eat! I certainly hope the lasagna does not have garlic or onion in it. Those ingrediants are poisionious to cats.
post #20 of 26
Yikes that is bad!!!! I mean I know a small piece of cooked meat and noodle isnt bad as a special treat, but not the whole meal!!
post #21 of 26
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No he dosent look as big in the video but still way too fat.
I was just able to watch the video. Eeeee! I think in the opening scene, where he is being carried the same way is in the pics, he looks exactly the same.

Poor baby!
post #22 of 26
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I had a cat that was 37 at his heaviest right around 4 or 5. He was on diet food and water and never lost more than a few pounds in his entire life. I think he had some illness we did not know about at the time we had him, he was our first cat and we werent given much help on how to help him.
I wonder if it was a thyroid problem? Hypothyroidism can cause excessive weight gain. There's another glandular problem that can also but I can't think of it right now. They say this cat has no health problems but I wonder if he has really been checked by a good vet.
post #23 of 26
i hate when people think they are giving their pets a good life spoiling them, when its really just shortening the time they will be on the earth. Its like a mother feeding her kid nothing but chocolate bars.

sad. very sad.
post #24 of 26
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I wonder if it was a thyroid problem? Hypothyroidism can cause excessive weight gain. There's another glandular problem that can also but I can't think of it right now. They say this cat has no health problems but I wonder if he has really been checked by a good vet.
actually, there are several... Cushing's, diabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, pseudohypoparathyroidism, insulinoma & hyperinsulinism/hypoglycemia... there are probably more, but i'm tired of looking.
these are in humans, of course - but cats have all of these same organs - stands to reason they could have similar problems w/them.
post #25 of 26
Someone needs to step in and take that cat away from her. That's complete abuse

The video shows that he is really, really fat, and he can hardly walk and his tummy almost touches the ground when he is standing
post #26 of 26
aww, that poor kitty. it make's me sooo sad, seeing kitty's like that!
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