An intriguing and shocking cat photograph, in equal measure. You can see where the title comes from. Photographing this tabby cat from this angle makes him look a bit like a watermelon with fur! Or a bowling ball cat!
I shouldn’t joke about it though. This is a serious matter and the owners should really do something about it. It is a classic case of cat obesity and it is really quite easy to manage that: you feed your cat less and you feed your cat with better cat food. Less food treats is also an important factor in weight control. Throw in a bit of playtime too. Mild exercise must help. Less calories, more calories out = weight loss. Obvious
We know how people love to be loved by their cat and as a consequence they can tend to overfeed them. I think overfeeding a cat is really showing up a person’s weakness and vulnerability and the need to be loved. The way I see it is that cat owners think that their cat will no longer like them if they refused them food. What can happen is the cat owner gradually habituates their cat to eating more and too much and then they unable to reverse the process due to the fear of alienating their cat companion. This is all about people, as usual.
The rise in domestic cat obesity parallels the rise in domestic cat type II diabetes and it would seem also to parallel the rise in human obesity which is occurring in the West. It is certainly occurring in the UK, the USA and possibly northern Europe. Dry cat food also contributes to the rise in type 2 diabetes in cats it is said. It makes sense because the body’s sugar level control is messed up by the unnaturally high level of carbohydrates in cat kibble.