An overweight orange cat is called the realistic version of Garfield It turns heads with its uncanny resemblance to favorite animatronic cats, and an uncanny ability to stand on its hind legs.
However, his social media appearances prove divisive, to say the least.
Obesity among cats is as pervasive a problem as it is among their caretakers, and in the same way, research has shed light on how this problem relates to socioeconomic factors.
In a study by the University of Bristol, scientists found that overweight and obese cats were more likely to have little or no access to outdoors, and were also more commonly fed dry pet food.
But while obesity among cats remains a concern, for some pet lovers, there is still something irresistibly cute about the sight of fluffy chubby cats. Pop culture, in particular, is replete with examples of lovable fat cats, arguably the most famous of which is the orange-hating Persian tabby Monday. GarfieldCreated by Jim Davis.
Having started his life in a comedy before moving on to an animated series and several feature films, Garfield and his distaste for work or effort of any kind have become world famous.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise to see pet lovers drawn to a TikTok account chronicling the adventures of a cat that is eerily similar to the famous character.
However, it is not his resemblance to Garfield that attracts attention but rather his ability to stand up like a human. It’s a skill that recently came to the fore in a video shared by real_life_garfield, garnering over 815,000 views on TikTok.
In the clip, which is set to the damp tones of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper,” would-be Garfield is pictured standing by the back door of his owner’s home.
“I found him doing what he normally does,” the onscreen caption reads. “Stand up and being cranky.” The video shows the orange cat, standing earnestly at the door and looking into the middle distance, like a guard outside a nightclub, claws on either side.
The cat seems quite at ease with his unusual posture.
Shared online along with the hashtag ‘weird’, while this particular cat may be more eccentric than a furball, it has proven popular on social media.
“It’s actually Garfield,” declared Cj2Lucky87. Vikingsgirl79 agreed: “That’s cute and funny,” with shell_laura_85 adding: “Oh my gosh, it’s cool.”
However, others were not fascinated by the cat’s appearance.
Tracyaw1 claimed the cat was most likely standing up “because he might have been having trouble breathing or his spine was hurting, so he’s more comfortable that way,” adding that “the poor thing needs a diet.”
Ruben Impastato agreed, writing, “Perhaps he would be too uncomfortable to hold any other position with this poor thing.”
Meanwhile, Jojo Schumacher commented: “Please help your cat and take her to the vet because this is very sad to see that it is not healthy or fair for the cat.”
But the owner of the orange cat dismissed the accusations, telling one critic, “The angle he’s standing on makes him look bigger! He’s so relaxed.”
Regardless of those respective notes, most of them seemed happy to be enjoying the fun of the clip. Gbaulet said the cat looked like an “orange Buddha,” while Sven Goodwin 283 said it looked “like he’s waiting for someone to take his order.” William Boldogger was similarly intrigued, writing: “Look at that gentleman.”
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