Age: Probably no older than 10, given their propensity to die young.
Surely you mean delightfully cuddly. Oh, who’s a pretty boy then? Roll over and let me tickle your tummy. Don’t be so ridiculous. That’s just the sort of attitude that is KILLING CATS.
Whatare you on about?The internet is now full of pictures of fat cats that their owners think are adorable but are actually health disasters, barely able to fit through a cat flap, let alone jump on to a ledge. In fact, the only time they jump is when their owner fills their feeding bowl.
Chonky? Internet-speak for chunky. The “chonk scale” became a meme in 2018, with “chonkness” measured on a BMI chart that went from “A fine boi” to “OH LAWD HE COMIN”.Sounds fun. Indeed, and rule one of Chonk club is: “No chonk shaming.” But the new pet puritans reckon some pet (and owner) shaming is now in order. Brutal. Any exceptions? Fat cats on diets are probably OK. A cat called Bronson has amassed 267,000 followers on Instagram since his owners, Megan Hanneman and Mike Wilson, brought him home from a cat shelter in Michigan almost three years ago, when he weighed 15kg (33lb). They have charted his weight loss online, and he is now only half the cat he was. “A big cat on a diet is a guilt-free way to follow an obese cat,” says Wilson. Cat porn with a purpose.Not to be confused with: The pictures of fat dogs, penguins, seals and hedgehogs that also abound online.
Do say: “C’mon, kitty, time for your hour on the treadmill.”Don’t say: “Purrfect!”
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Dachshunds were originally bred to fight badgers.