Not My Best Side

"What Are You Looking At?"

When I took these pictures I figured I could use them to write a post about Lola pretending to be an iron. (Because she’s on the ironing board!) But when I looked back through the pictures I’d taken I realised I’d have to write about something else.

The thing is, in these pictures Lola looks very chubby. It looks like she has a double chin, big round cheeks, and a lot of extra fluff on her sides!

"It's really not my best side!"Really Lola is a fairly lithe cat. She’s long and lean, and has always been a bit on the skinny side. But sometimes when she’s lying or sitting in a certain way she just seems to double in weight! Which made me think that maybe these pictures don’t catch her best side.

Then again, she also looks very sweet. Like a big cuddly ball of fluff. Apparently with no legs either!

It’s fascinating how just being in a different position can make such a drastic change to her appearance.


Lady Joyful

Do your cats sit in positions that make them look fatter than they are? Or stretch out to look thinner? What’s your cat’s best side?

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30 thoughts on “Not My Best Side

  1. BunKaryudo says:

    I’m exactly the same. Sometimes when people see me from a certain angle, it can look like I’m beginning to get a little chubby. That angle is from the front.

  2. susieshy45 says:

    It is just where and how you look at her from- but she’s cute whereever you look at her from.
    My cat feels heavy when we carry him but he has no tummy at least not one we can see. But when he walks he looks like one tall, slim cat with some hair.

    • Lady Joyful says:

      Very true! I believe generally speaking body condition is assessed from a stood position, so if they look slim like that they are most likely a healthy weight 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

  3. francefougere says:

    Mine is fluffy – and I have to brush her every day – hum not always ! I like to look at her walking – she looks so proud – and lovely – Hugs to your kittens, cats, my friends ! 🙂

  4. thehappymeerkat says:

    Aww so cute! She’s like a cotton ball :). My cat used to lie flat on her back and all her ‘excess skin’ fell on both sides – that made her look a lot bigger than she was.

  5. portapatetcormagis says:

    Ah, but cats are really able to double their weight at their will. You can notice this when they are taking a nap on your tummy and do not want you to move. The tiniest cat can weigh a ton-

  6. amariesilver says:

    I’m not sure which side is Gwennie’s best side. All I know is there are days when I’ll ask her if she’s going to lay there like that all day. She’ll say, “No. In a minute I’m going switch sides.”

  7. Melanie Noell Bernard says:

    You said she’s very long and thin. Perhaps when you compress all her limbs and extra skin she just… puffs up. ^.^ After all, she looks quite compact in these photos. *.* Is her tail the only part that’s black?! So adorable!

    • Lady Joyful says:

      That could well be the case! She also has a couple of black marks on her flank, and black around her bottom! She is a very pretty girl 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  8. josie416 says:

    Like the poem from my childhood:

    Cats Sleep Fat and Walk Thin
    Posted on July 9, 2008 by doublefrogywithatwist

    Cats sleep fat and walk thin.
    Cats, when they sleep, slump;
    When they walk, pull in –
    And where the plump’s been
    There’s skin.
    Cats walk thin….

    Cats sleep fat.
    They spread out comfort underneath them
    Like a good mat….

    A cat condenses.
    He pulls in his tail to go under bridges,
    And himself to go under fences….

    When everyone else is just ready to go out,
    The cat is just ready to come in.
    He’s not where he’s been.
    Cats sleep fat and walk thin.

    Rosalie Moore
    But I think she does a great iron imitation! 🙂

  9. hugr5 says:

    How a cat sits suits their passing mood. Your girl looks like she is feeling FULL and relaxed on that ironing board!

    My cats are lean. Sometimes I think they are too thin. However, I catch how they look when they are traveling across the DVDs, books, scaling the counters. Suddenly they are muscular HUNTERS. And when they are hunting – oh they PUFF up, especially the TAIL!

    It’s all in the cat’s mood.

    It’s fun, studying a cat’s mood/posture.


    On Sun, Jan 17, 2016 at 2:01 AM, Katzenworld wrote:

    > Lady Joyful posted: ” When I took these pictures I figured I could use > them to write a post about Lola pretending to be an iron. (Because she’s on > the ironing board!) But when I looked back through the pictures I’d taken I > realised I’d have to write about something else. ” >

  10. dvaal says:

    I love her black tail, with the white body. My cat is spoiled and fat -i’m sure she has a double chin, although I haven’t thought about it to look. Her best side is well, I’d love to tell you but all she ever shows me is her tail end. For some reason, she thinks this is her best side -or under my chin. Funny girl!

  11. Boomdeeadda says:

    Finally a good use of the ironing board. Lord knows mine never see’s daylight until I’m missing something from the pile.
    I don’t think Lola looks chubby, actually to me, she looks angelic and pretty in that light. BTW, how many selfless should one take before you totally give up? Some of them are real stinkers, We definitely all have our better sides. HA!

    • Lady Joyful says:

      Yeah, ours rarely comes out either but if it does there will soon be a cat on it!
      I’m afraid I’m not the right person to ask about selfies – I tend to avoid being that side of the camera 😉 Thanks for commenting!

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