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7 of the Cutest Chubby Pets

A few of our favorite hefty pets who have gone viral

Top UK veterinary charity PDSA announced the dogs, cats, and rabbits that are finalists for its 2014 weight-loss competition, which is supposed to raise awareness about pet obesity. Below, NewsFeed rounds-up the fat cats and pudgy pooches that have gone viral throughout the years.

 

 

  • This 39-Pound Cat Ate Hog Dogs

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    The hot dog-eating cat that wound up in a Santa Fe shelter was “interviewed” by Anderson Cooper and the TODAY anchors. It passed away from lung failure on May 7, 2012.

  • The Garfield That Can’t Eat Lasagna

    Janet Ciminelli of North Shore Animal League of America holds Garfield at Long Island on June 4, 2012 in New York City. Laurentiu Garofeanu / Barcroft USA / Barcoft Media / Getty Images

    This 40-pound cat went viral in 2012 when it was at a Long Island shelter. For exercise, it would get picked up by someone, moved to another spot, and the feline would have to walk back.

  • SpongeBob Can’t-Fit-Into SquarePants

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    This 33-pound feline chased lasers for exercise. In August 2012, about two months after it was adopted, it passed away after a large mass was found around its heart.

  • The Pet Version of The Biggest Loser

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    New York City “dog guru” Justin Silver helped Rosie, an obese Bernese Mountain Dog, start a weight-loss regiment on Dogs in the City, a CBS reality show about what it’s like to be a dog in The Big Apple.

  • The 131-Pound Lab

    Alfie, the labrador is pictured at 59.5kg at the Leybourne Animal Centre in Kent, England, Nov. 1, 2006 Barcroft Media /Barcoft Media via Getty Images

    This dog weighed more than 170 pounds when it was rescued because his previous owner fed him every time he barked.

  • The 187-Pound Black Lab

    Sampson, the 187-pound labrador, at the Animal Aid vet in Yarra Glen, Victoria, June 21, 2011. Mike Keating / Newspix / Getty Images

    Too many leftover pizza, pasta, and scraps from roasts explain why this Australian dog named Sampson was called a “lardy labrador” with a frame “the size of a small heifer” when he went viral in 2011.

  • Tiddles

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    During the 1970s, this tabby was known as the only male allowed in the ladies room at Paddington Station.

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