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Is my cat fat? Mr. Pirate and Clawdia demonstrate how to tell.

Is my cat fat?  Mr. Pirate and Clawdia demonstrate how to tell.


Hi. My name is Dr. Uri Burstyn. I’m a veterinarian in Vancouver, B.C., and I’d like to welcome you to my series
of practical skills for pet owners. Me and Pirate are here to talk about a very,
very important topic close to our hearts, and that is feline obesity. But before we get into it, please remember to hit like and subscribe
and squish that bell notification button to make sure you don’t miss any of the future
uploads and livestreams that we produce. So, feline obesity is something many
cats and owners struggle with, and I often get comments on my site about Mr. Pirate’s “corpulence”, shall we say, mentioning that maybe he’s a bit of a, um… respectable gentleman. Some people refer to him as a “unit”, even. And I wanna dispel this myth around Mr. Pirate being grotesquely obese. He is a bit on the chubby side, of course. I think nobody can deny that. But he’s not really overweight where it matters, and I’m gonna explain that a little bit more,
but first I wanna explain to you guys why weight matters to cats. Now, in the wild – oh, Mr. Pirate lost a whisker. I love finding these little things around the house. I think every cat owner finds cat
whiskers around once in a while. So cute. Pirate, look, a whisker! Anyways, we have lost a whisker. Nothing to do with feline obesity whatsoever. So, the reason we worry about obesity in cats is because there is a correlation between
obesity and diabetes, primarily. That is the main problem with being fat if you’re cat, is you can become diabetic, which is obviously not something you wanna become. Also, of course, obesity makes
orthopedic problems much worse, so as animals age, they are prone to developing arthritis and this is actually more of a dog
problem than a cat problem, although of course, even a fat cat
will develop some mobility issues, but in dogs in particular, especially larger breed dogs, like Labrador and up, being skinny is really the best
thing you can do for your dog if you have a large breed dog, is
keeping them skinny later in life, because being overweight is just so hard on their joints, and dogs suffer from arthritis much more
commonly and much more severely than cats do, in general terms. So it’s really, really important to keep your dog slender. It’s also very, very hard. In cats, like I said, diabetes is the main issue, mobility and osteoarthritis is another one, hypertension… There’s actually – I’m not sure that there is a
strong correlation between hypertension – idiopathic hypertension and obesity in cats, but certainly there is a theoretical one there. Another reason many people might not think about is infections. Infections in the fat are incredibly difficult to deal with, they’re called steatitis or panniculitis. They’re awful to deal with, and particularly if you have cats who go outside, who might be prone to getting into cat fights or getting injured, if they’re really overweight, they get
infections in their subcutaneous fat. They’re just a bugger to deal with. Usually you need prolonged antibiotics,
surgery, more prolonged antibiotics – it’s not very nice. And also, you know, being obese does increase your surgical risks. You know, human surgeons often have
the luxury of telling their patients to go lose some weight before they go under the knife. Unfortunately, in the veterinary
world, we don’t have that luxury, but performing surgery on patients who are
obese and that have a lot of intradominal fat, I can promise you, is a very harrowing experience. It really makes surgery much more
difficult, much more challenging to see things, handle things, it’s a definitely high risk of both surgical complications and postsurgical
complications, such as infections. So it’s really not good to be overweight and
have to go in for any kind of surgery. Another risk factor for obesity in cats is something called hepatic lipidosis, which is a problem not unique to cats, but it’s
more common in cats than other species. What that is is, essentially if you
are overweight and you starve, your body mobilizes lipids, mobilizes
fats out of your fat storage and tries to convert them into glucose in the liver because your brain needs glucose to live, and unfortunately, cat livers are particularly bad at metabolizing fat, so if you have a fat cat that’s starving
and is mobilizing a ton of fat, it may overload their liver and give them something called fatty liver disease, or hepatic lipidosis, which unfortunately leads to liver shutdown, and often these cats are already kind of sick
because whatever it is that made them not eat in the first place is often a medical condition. And you end up with a cat in liver
failure on top of other things. It’s quite manageable, but it’s
certainly expensive to manage and requires, you know, a feeding tube being placed, so being an obese cat puts you at a
very much increased risk of this, and it is really something best avoided. Dogs – dogs don’t get hepatic lipidosis.
They starve very, very nicely. They’re very well adapted to starvation. I also see it in rabbits, and certainly
some reptile patients as well, but cats are really poster children
for hepatic lipidosis. Now, curiously, there was a paper published recently talking about how being slightly
overweight is actually protective in cats in cases of kidney disease. One of the biggest struggles in cats with kidney disease is getting them to eat and getting
them to maintain their weight, and this paper found that cats who are
a little bit on the heavier side of normal before developing kidney disease actually lived longer than cats who were
skinny and developed kidney disease, and since kidney disease is so common in cats – I think according to some numbers,
close to 30% of cats will develop some degree of kidney dysfunction later in life – I think it’s worthwhile remembering this when you’re, particularly as a veterinarian, that
when you’re recommending that people keep their pets at a healthy weight, I think it’s worthwhile making some
allowances for older cats and not getting too focused on
making them really really skinny because it may not necessarily
be in their best interest. So, with that little preamble, I have to look at Pirate and say “Is
he at a health risk because of his body fat content?” And here’s where it gets tricky. People always ask me, you know,
“What’s a good weight for my cat? What’s a good weight for my dog?” And that is an impossible question to answer in the average patient, because, you know,
cats can be such greatly varying sizes, dogs can be of such greatly varying sizes. A normal weight for a poodle is gonna be different
than a normal weight for a Chihuahua. And a normal weight for Mr. Pirate is gonna be different from a normal weight for Clawdia. And I’ll bring Clawdia out for comparison ’cause Pirate, even when he’s healthy, probably weighs 30% more than Clawdia. So as veterinarians, what we look
at when we evaluate animals is something called body condition score. And what body condition score refers to is essentially how much meat and fat is on their bones. There is two commonly used scales.
There’s a 1-5 or a 1-9 scale. But they’re basically the same where the
middle number, whether it’s 3 or 5, is normal. So a perfect cat would be a 5/9 or a 3/5. And then as you get skinnier, the number goes down, as you get fatter, the number goes one – goes up. So 1 would be like a skeletal animal
that’s been starving and is near death, whereas, for example, 9 would be a cat who’s like, you know, 17-18 kilos and is
basically spherical all around. And that actually gives you a meaningful
evaluation of how much body fat a patient has, and what the risk factors are – what the associated health risk factors are. And there’s several different schemes
for body condition scoring. I think – you probably don’t need to become an expert on body condition scoring as an owner, but I think you just need to keep
in mind some basic principles. We look at two things on cats and dogs. One is how easy it is to feel their ribs, and the other one is how easy it is to feel their spine. So you can feel along a cat’s spine, you see little bumps here, these are the
spinous processes of their vertebrae. And you should be able to feel them without really having to push down, but what you should not be able to do is have them sticking up – feel them
sticking up like a saw blade and feeling their sides very easily. If you can feel these spinous processes, and it looks
like you’re feeling a saw blade, and you’re actually feeling not just
the tips of them, but the sides, that might be a sign of muscle wastage
along the lumbar muscles here, or it could be a sign of starvation. Conversely, if you have to really push
down to find those spinous processes, if they’re just covered in a layer of buttery tissue, then you probably have an animal
that’s quite overweight. Hey, little guy. Hi. So usually, I position a cat like this and I kinda have a quick feel along the spine Pirate’s are pretty well covered, but I can
still feel the tips of them nicely, so that’s pretty good. And then the other thing I look at is his rib cover, and again, here I wanna be able to feel his ribs
without having to push down, which I can’t. I have to push down
a little bit to feel those ribs. What you don’t wanna be able to do
is put your fingers between the ribs. You wanna be able to feel the ribs
with really minimal pressure just by running your hand along. But if you have to push down to count the number of ribs he has, then there’s probably a little bit too
much cover on those bones. Now, with those two measurements, I can kinda say Pirate’s maybe a 6-7 out of 9 in terms of his body condition score. I can feel these points on his spine, but not super well, and his ribs I really do need to
push down a little bit to feel. So, you know. Is he fat? He’s a little bit more corpulent than optimal, but Mr. Pirate is a cat who spent
roughly 8 years of his life on corticosteroid therapy for inflammatory bowel disease. Totally different story. But for a cat with his history, he’s actually doing fantastic. A cat his age wants to have a little bit more cover on his bones, particularly because of that renal
issue that I mentioned, and certainly it’s very very difficult to keep a
cat on chronic corticosteroids skinny, so I’d say we’re doing pretty well here. Now, he could be a little bit skinnier for sure, he could also probably be a little bit fatter, but let me show you this. Come on, dude. When he’s on my shoulder, he just flattens out and he just looks like a giant blob. But here, we’re not body condition scoring, we’re just demonstrating the fact that cats can
assume a liquid state when they are compressed. So yeah, he looks absolutely enormous
when he’s all plastered on my shoulder, but it’s mostly ’cause he is all spread out. He’s got a little bit of a belly too. And in dogs, you can kind of look to their belly, and
you wanna see a nice, kind of tucked-up profile ’cause dogs will have that kind of prominent
sort of bottom to their chest so you wanna see their abdomen tucked up a little bit. If a dog’s profile looks straight across the bottom line, they’re probably a little bit chubby, carrying
a little bit of extra abdominal fat. You wanna be tucked up a little bit. That is not so useful in cats because cats have something called an inguinal fat pad. You see this little – Sweetheart, will you stand for me for just one second? Just stand for me. Stand up. Oh! [Laughter] What do you wanna do? What are
you trying to accomplish? What are you trying to accomplish?
[smooch] So cats have this flappy little flap of tissue here that I’m sure
most cat owners are familiar with. And, if allowed to get big enough, swings
in the air a little bit when they run. A lot of cat owners think that that’s fat, and I guess they’re right in the
sense that it is adipose tissue, but that little inguinal fat pad is
actually their mammary tissue. And it becomes quite prominent in neutered males, so it’s not necessarily a sign that
the cat is overweight at all, it just is usually a sign that a male has been neutered or that a female has had kittens, and they
get a kind of flappy little bit of tissue there. Or sometimes they just get it with
age for no apparent reason, just hormonal body conformation. So this is not really a sign of obesity, but it also makes kind of their tummy – looking at a tummy profile less rewarding
when trying to assess a cat. Usually with cat weight, I just look
at their ribs and their spine. With dogs, you can look at that tummy profile as well. So that is how we assess whether a cat is fat. And I think Mr. Pirate, like I said,
could be a little skinnier, but he’s certainly not in the danger zone for developing diabetes, and that’s really
mostly what I care about with him. So, Clawdia here is obviously a
much smaller cat than Mr. Pirate. Even if they had exactly the same body
condition score, she would still weigh like a good chunk, probably a kilo or more less than him. Now, when we body condition score Clawdia, I can feel – and she’s only… I think she’s,
what, two and a half years old now? So she’s a young, relatively fit cat. I can feel her little spinous processes quite easily. I don’t really have to push down at all. She’s
got very nice, solid muscle bodies either side of them, but they’re not
covered up with kind of a buttery sheen. And when I feel her ribs, I can feel each
rib without really having to push down. So I would give her a 5 out of 9 body condition score, even though she still has a little flappy thing down here and, if I put her up on my shoulder, she will still look like a little blob. Just maybe a slightly smaller blob than Pirate. Hi. [smooch] So yeah. So it’s really hard to just visually assess a cat and say whether they’re a healthy weight or not. You really have to get your hands on them and really sort of feel for these points, and then – then
you can score them pretty accurately. Well, I hope you found that to
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Comments (100)

  1. 0:44 – Is Mr. Pirate a Unit? Conspiracy debunked. (10:00 – Mr. Pirate is a 6/7 out of 9 on the Condition Score)
    1:14 – Mr. Pirate loses his whisker.
    1:33 – Why is feline obesity bad? (Diabetes, Orthopedic problems, Hypertension, Infections, Surgical risks, hepatic Lipidosis)
    5:22 – Is being a tiny bit fat actually good for a cat? (Yes, for cats with kidney disease, but a lot of cats might develop kidney disease)
    6:33 – Is there a "perfect weight" for every cat? (No, it's individual and mostly depends on their size)
    7:05 – "Body Condition Score" explained.
    8:10 – Main principles of Body Condition Score. (1. How easy is it to feel the ribs? 2. How easy is it to feel their spine?)
    10:58 – Flat Mr. Pirate. (Adorable. 10 out of 10. Very good cat blob)
    12:07 – Mr. Pirate gets a smooch.
    12:13 – Flappy belly tissue in cats (Is normal).
    13:22 – Clawdia (5 out of 9 Body Condition Score. 14:17 – Slightly smaller cat blob.)
    14:23 – Clawdia gets a smooch.

  2. Mr. Pirate isn't fat, he's extra-squishy.

  3. "Cats can assume a liquid condition when they're compressed."

    So when you squish that cat ?

  4. I love fat cats… They are so furry and jiggly…

  5. How can you NOT smootch on such lovely felines! I’m always kissing on my little buddy’s little tiny skull! 😻

  6. It doesn't take 15 minutes to say yes

  7. This video shed some light about feline obesity… I was a bit worried that my baby is being overfed but yeah she's anything but normal and healthy

  8. 12:05 "What are you trying to acoomplish?" Pirate's probably asking the same question!

  9. Please, for the love of God, obese cats are not "cute", they will just die sooner than you want. There is no chonk, no megachonk, there are morbidly obese cats and healthy cats.

  10. I've been really fascinated by the "primordial pouch" topic lately. Dr. Burstyn mentioned that it's seen in females who have had litters or in neutered males. According to this site https://www.southbostonanimalhospital.com/blog/why-do-cats-have-hanging-bellies , that claim is a myth. If you are to believe that site and most of the other sources I've seen online, these pouches serve as protection of the vital organs during fights or hunting, aid in mobility, and possibly have allowed for expansion of the stomach when consuming large meals (in their ancestral past). This video is the first time I've seen someone claim that it's only in those 2 categories of cats. I'm no expert, so I have no way of evaluating any of these claims. My boy has one and he's a neutered male, so there's my n of 1. Thanks for the interesting video. Those are some lovely kitties, and they are clearly loved by their owner.

  11. Mr Pirate is looking nice and switched on.

  12. So I have to ask, because I got to the part with you explaining a cat's profile and the pouch between their back legs. My oldest cat was female and she went through a heat, but thankfully we kept her indoors and she didn't become pregnant. We got her spayed soon after and she developed a rather big pouch. My youngest cat is male and he has no pouch, or it's hardly noticeable. Why did my older female have a big pouch?

  13. Hello doc! A fan here! Just wanna know if the same standards can be applied on a long haired cat? My cat is so fluffy that just by being in the sunlight for 10 secs her whole body become as hot as an overheated tablet (then again the Malaysian weather is really very hot).

  14. He knows how important The Squish has become to us.

  15. I see why they call him Pirate. He stole my heart💙

  16. Is it okay to give my cat milk every once in a while ?

  17. Thanks so much.
    I will save this video and show it to my visitors whenever they start to talk about how cute but fat my cats are. They are just fluffy as their personalities ♡
    Love from Germany!

  18. Our cat's tummy pouch swings from side to side when she runs… So sweet…

  19. My cat now is a litle bit fat because she is pregnant lol 🙂

  20. Mr. Pirate's reaction at 0:53 is priceless 😀

  21. I've noticed this before with Clawdia and really wonder:
    Why do some cats lift up their rear when being scratched/petted on that specific spot on their back?
    I've met one cat that got so excited from me rubbing her back at that spot, she kept pressing her head against the floor, hind legs up and rolled around until she fell over; and she really loved it.
    I wonder whats special about that rear part of their spine?

  22. I like how the Doc always uses words like "corpulent" and "substance" like he's trying to not hurt Mr. Pirate's feelings. Such a sweet man!

  23. My 18 years old cat is very thin. She used to be fat, but since she developed age related health issues (Irritable Bowel Syndrome first, Kidney disease later) we had to change her diet, and my cat lost weight (she still eat as much as before).
    She used to have flappy belly, but now that she is thin, she hasnìt it anymore.

    My 8 years old cat (the younger one) is rather overweight, but she has no flappy belly at all.

  24. he squish on the shoulder

  25. What a marvelous vet! It's so obvious how much he loves those cats, and he has such a wonderful personality.

  26. But i dont want to stand, i want the shoulder!

  27. Ok that's it. my cat is officially fat. no waist, can't feel the rib, spine and etc =p she needs to go one diet AGAIN … .

  28. Corpulent. Chubby never sounded so fancy

  29. he called mr pirate a unit im cryin. edit: "cats can assume a liquid state" ohhh my godddddd

  30. scratch his ears he will love you.

  31. Hello Dr we have two old female cats. One, the ginger tabby, has extreme mammary flaps. Is this something you see in females as well or should we be verifying her sex?

  32. One of my cats is 13 pounds, the other is 9. Hard to control eating because one needs more food and the other needs less.

  33. You're so amazing! I wish you could be my cat's vet!!

  34. Everybody gangsta till your cat is just one pound from fat .

  35. i love cats so much

  36. My old heroin dealer had 3 cats one was somewhat obese probably 25-30 lbs and his name was dozer he would charge straight at the other cats and battering ram them just like SLED battering rammed his door and shot his 8 year old son.

  37. Our middle cat, Frida Katlo, was a feral kitten who was fostered for awhile before we adopted her. Unlike our other two cats (who were not feral) she CANNOT portion control. She will eat anything she finds, including stealing from our plates when we're not being vigilant. We portion her food and feed her at the same times every day, and we play with her often. She is active and otherwise healthy. However, she is about 2 lbs overweight. We love our chonk queen but don't really know what to do to help her shed the extra lbs. Our other 2 cats are slender; one is sedentary and the other is active. I chalk it up to Frida's metabolism and just her being who she is; otherwise, I have no idea how to help her shed those lbs!!

  38. I call those furry, flappy things 'Swiffers'. –Cindi

  39. every time you change Mr. Pirate's position he thinks: SHOULDER?????!!!!!????!!!

  40. Question: Do you have some advice on what to do when your cat is to thin an needs to fatten up? Thanx!

  41. Huh. Lynx is about the same age as Claudia and is probably about the same condition score as Mr. Pirate. And he's an active indoor-outdoor cat. I barely even feed him because he'll just disappear for days. Before anyone goes ballistic (probably too late), he's a farm cat and really not supposed to spend as much time inside as he does. My niece is so attached to him, though, that she'd bring him back inside regularly to play. He also likes curling up on my bed for an all-afternoon nap. Also, he's neutered, so he isn't contributing anything but himself to the local cat population.

    Point is, he's a chubby little guy, not for the normal reason, but because he's extremely good at his job. We also have a serious over-abundance of mice. Probably enough for two or three cats.

  42. Watching this video gave me back the serotonin I needed. Thank you so much for your donation kind sir

  43. I wanted to know how often and how much to feed my cats. 11 minutes in and nothing yet. I give up.

  44. You can see he really loves animals.

  45. My standard has always been the neck. If you can't see their neck they are too fat. My dad always tells one of my cats "stop eating and get some neck" lol

  46. Inguinal fat pad, what a fabulous term.

  47. Mr. Pirate is sooooo adorable😍.

  48. My cat is not fat but very heavy

    She is MY kitty cat FUR of LOVE 😍

  49. What a wonderful guy

  50. Mr Pirate looks perfect to me. He’s a fit kitty 🐱 and handsome too.

  51. This video is as adorable as it is educational.

  52. when I first got my kitty 1year ago, (her name’s octavia if anyone wants to know) she was a little over 6 months old and she was fairly “skinny” or lengthy. and now she’s a bit of a big girlie. I’m not hating on her because honestly I think she stress eats. Whenever one of her adopted sisters or doggie brother wants to play, she gets very uncomfortable, and she runs to her food dish, which is adorable but not good. And I’m lowkey crying rn just thinking about her getting sick SO IF SOMEONE CAN HELP ME PLEASE HELP I JUST WANT HER TO LOSE WEIGHT AND STAY HEALTHY AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. 🥺😭
    (If anyone’s wondering, last time she was weighed she was around 16-18 lbs..

  53. …But my black and white cat is named "Fats Domino" (being fat is in his nature lol). But I love him dearly so I better make sure he's ok 👍

  54. If you have to ask, the answer is probably yes.

  55. I just love Mr. Pirate <3

  56. Hi Dr. Uri!
    I discovered your videos a few months ago, and I've learned some very helpful information thanks to you! I have a question along the lines of this video, because my indoor cat Gypsy did gain a bit of weight on a dry diet (albeit on grain-free and high quality food) for a year. Her last weigh-in I believe was 14 lbs., and since then I have put her on Solid Gold brand Fit As a Fiddle dry food (holistic grain-free weight management) with a half can of wet food every night with half scoop of dry food (instead of a whole scoop at night). I think she has lost a little bit of weight since changing her diet, and that's just based on my observations. She just turned 9 on July 4th, so I know she also has to be lumped in with the "senior cat" demographic.

    My question is–and hopefully you might be able to answer this on a video?–how do I know if my pet has arthritis? I have noticed that sometimes, when she is getting up, she seems a bit slower in moving (mostly her back legs.) I have gently touched her hind legs, feeling along the hip and knee joints, and she complained a little. I plan on taking her to the vet again, at any rate, but I would be interested in learning the warning signs of senior cat arthritis vs. something benign. Again, thank you for sharing your knowledge, and look forward to more videos to learn about my baby!

  57. pirate:
    everyone else:
    Dr. Yuri: look your whisker!!!!

  58. Damn, my cat not fat, he’s just big boned…

  59. squish that bell like how you squish your cats

  60. Clawdia is such a pretty girl and Mr Pirate is always lovely to see!

  61. This isn't obesity, this is a well taken care of kitter. I say that bcuz my kitter is like this.

  62. Honestly I think "unit" is a compliment a lot of the time. Especially in this case because Mr Pirate is absolutely beautiful 😍😍😍

  63. Also I think my word for Mr Pirate would be plumptious 😄

  64. He is such a blob when he's being a shoulder cat and I love him 😂😍 lookit that butt!

  65. It’s offense to call cats fat, it’s called cute, use the right term, and I don’t get offended in anyway but this

  66. The 2k19 Bond villain…

  67. My cat was diagnosed by the vet as being “robust”. Entirely healthy, just of a Powerful Stature. I’m very proud of him

  68. What about long-haired cats? Should they feel any different? Do you nead to get your fingers under the fur to get an accurate "reading"?

  69. OH LAWD HE COMIN

  70. I had leave Facebook where I saw this link, open YouTube and find this video just so I could say

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MR. PIRATE AND ALL OF HIS CHONKY GLORY!!

    And, he’s barely Chonky, Doctor approved Chonky in fact! ❤️

  71. "Some people even call him a… unit" never thought I needed that until now, thank you for this wonderful sentence.

  72. picks up fat cat

    It's SPHERICAL

  73. When this guy's face popped up, I thought it was an ad. I immediately recognized him and said: Yeh alright I'll watch your ad bro. Then I look to the RIGHT and BAM! This wassn't an ad, it was in my watch later.

  74. SQUISH ! THAT ! CAT !

  75. Skdkdmkd this reminds me of my dad getting offended when I'd call his dog fat 🤣 "she's not fat, she's all muscle!"

  76. I would die for Mr. Pirate

  77. Thank you for the advise! I had cats my whole life and know a couple of things about cats but I really find your video's super helpful and fun! 😻

  78. Very helpful,thx!

  79. My cat Tinsel is a little cuddlier that she should probably be but otherwise, she's good. Thanks for this video, it clears that up a bit for me.

  80. My Rusty is usually a self-regulating eater BUT at night he ignores his food and DEMANDS treats (Dental Greenies). He keeps me up for hours pretending he wants food or grooming but thean demands more treats. I cannot refuse. I'm trapped. Please help 🙁

  81. 11:52 made my entire week

  82. You are so absolutely awesome and adorable. Your love for cats just shines through your videos. I wish you were my vet before I lost 3 of my 4 babies but this info is awesome to have even still. Thank you!

  83. Hey doc, I have an unrelated question for you. How do you deal with cat scent? I mean you work with cat patients, you probably pet them without gloves here and there too(because you are a genuine good guy :D) scent of some cats stays on your hand. Then you come home to pet Clawdia but as you know, cats usually despise scent of other cats and if Clawdia smells your hand she might get aggressive towards you. So do you just wash your hands before going home or do you take more "anti-scent" measurements? Like washing your hands with alcohol or something.

    Another question. You know alcohol is super toxic for cats. Would smelling alcohol makes them sick?

    Btw I don't even have a cat companion(i don't wanna call them pets) but I just love your videos and I love learning how to be a decent human being for cats. Sorry for my subpar english and cheers!

  84. I am in awe at the absolute size of this lad

  85. he's not fat he's just a heckin chonk

  86. Everybody called my two rescue cats fat, and even though I measured their food and they never ate people food (even tuna and chicken, weirdos) it worried me. I figured the vet at the shelter would've said something, but finally I got paranoid and brought them in to be weighed.  I found out they were likely half Maine Coon and the perfect weight for their ages and frames. The fact that they looked bigger than my friends' dogs didn't mean anything. I'm glad I didn't just start rationing them.

  87. "Assume a liquid state" LOL

  88. Hi mister, I just wanna say that your voice is super-comforting

  89. If my cat murders my hands when I try to feel her ribs, what score does she get on the body condition scale?

  90. my dear Doctor Helpful Vancouver Vet, i've said it, and i'll say it again, if i were a cat, you'd be my doctor! there's no question about it! You're the greatest vet EVAR!!!!!!!!

  91. I love how all the cats in his videos looks like forced actors, they gave that face of 'you're distracting my nap' 😂

  92. For some reason I always thought his name was mr. Poirot not pirate

  93. I swear Mr.Pirate is the luckiest cat on earth!

  94. If you have multiple cats, and one is fat, how do you control food?

  95. The way he said "skeletal" 🤔😂 "SKA-leetle" hahah I liked that

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