Sometimes cats are overweight. This is usually due to their habit of eating, or their strong weakness. Unlike in Real Life, castration (owners often need to encourage neutered toms to exercise and play) is very rarely the cause for this. Fat cats are usually Plucky Comic Relief characters, though the occasional fat cat with an important role does come along some times. If there's a Crazy Cat Lady around who actually hoards cats, expect at least one of them to be obese. Most of the time, fat cats are neither mean, a common pet for villains, nor consider themselves to be better than humans. Usually, the fat cat is a common domestic cat, but fat cats of any cat species can count. Often prone to Cat Up a Tree. Most definitely Truth in Television. Not to be confused with those other kinds of fat cat.
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Anime and Manga
- Muta/Moon/Ronaldo Moon from The Cat Returns and Whisper of the Heart.
- Jingoro of Kimagure Orange Road
- Nyanko-sensei from Natsume Yuujinchou
- Kurono from Chi's Sweet Home and Manga/Chis New Address
- The eponymous star of Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki, so rotund that he's usually referred to as "the Sphere".
- In CLANNAD, an early episode involves a man who believes that Yoshino dropped a spanner on his car and dented it. It turns out that an enormous cat simply jumped onto his car; we see said cat prowling off a few minutes later.
- The eponymous cat from Tonnura-san.
- Nyanjira ("Meowzilla") from Whats Michael.
- Garfield is famous for using this as it's main gag. However, thanks to Art Evolution, Garfield has gotten progressively more and more skinny over the years, to the point that he looks to be around the average weight for most cats now, if maybe a bit more pudgier than the norm. Guess all that dieting wasn't for nothing after all.
- Heathcliff, being the original fat orange cat, was doing this long before Garfield was. Granted, he was no where near as fat as Garfield was in the beginning.
- Chubby Huggs from Get Fuzzy— who might be a subversion:
Satchel: Ooop! Ha ha! You know, you're actually mostly muscle!Chubby: I do 200 buddy crunches and hug-ups a day.
- The Red Cat from Jan, Jans en de Kinderen.
- Rasputin from Inspector Canardo.
- The Princess Diaries: Mia Thermopolis's cat, Fat Louie. He gets his own first class plane seat reserved next to Mia at the end of the first movie.
- One of Disney's short films, "Lorenzo" had this as the haughty protagonist whose tail is brought to life, forcing him to cut it off when it becomes too much for him to handle.
- Gatto from Cat City.
- In Anger Management, the protagonist is working for an ad agency whose current job is to make clothes suited for fat cats and as such owns one by the name of Meatball (or "Fat-Shit Cat" according to his boss).
- Boo-Boo from The Baby-Sitters Club.
- The Princess Diaries: As mentioned above, Mia's cat, Louie, who is almost always called Fat Louie.
- The Fat Cat on the Mat from J.R.R. Tolkein's poem "Cat."
- Kittypets (cats owned by humans) in Warrior Cats are often described this way.
- Sparrow from The Tygrine Cat. True to form, he's also The Ditz and possibly the nicest character in the series.
- In Beatrix Potter's story called literature/The Tale of Tom Kitten. A kitten named Tom Kitten is gaining some weight around his stomach. During the story, his mother tries putting on his button shirt and pants and tells him to suck his stomach in to have the clothes fit him. Which he and the other kittens later give to trio of gooses.
Live Action TV
- The Australian children's show Fat Cat and Friends.
- Glee: Brittany's cat is exactly what you'd expect from a cat named Lord Tubbington.
- "Phenomenal Cat" by The Kinks from their album The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society:
No one bothered him
As he sat, content in his tree
He just lived to eat ícause it kept him fat
And thatís how he wanted to stay...
- Bustopher Jones in White Spats from Cats.
- Big the Cat from Sonic the Hedgehog, who is downright round.
- Ludger's cat Lulu/Rollo from Tales of Xillia 2 is extremely pudgy compared to all of the other cats in the game.
- In No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, Travis's cat Jeanne has become incredibly overweight. He can help her lose weight by playing with her, even learning a new move from her.
- Judd the Cat from Splatoon, who declares the winner in the multiplayer.
- Disney has these:
- Pete from the Classic Disney Shorts and his son, PJ from Goof Troop are this, but not his son, Junior from "Bellboy Donald"
- Milton and Richard the Siamese cats from the Pluto the Pup cartoons
- Lucifer from Cinderella and Pom Pom from Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True
- The Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland
- Scat Cat from The Aristocats
- Felicia from The Great Mouse Detective
- Fat Cat, the main villain of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
- Fluffy Louise Lopart from Handy Manny
- Mr. Jolly from Teacher's Pet
- Mochi from Big Hero 6
- Puss in Boots in the fourth Shrek film, Shrek Forever After
- Mad Cat, Dr. Claw's cat from Inspector Gadget
- Oggy from Oggy and the Cockroaches
- Tiger from An American Tail
- Stimpy from The Ren & Stimpy Show
- Eek The Cat:
- He even has a fatter girlfriend named Annabelle.
- And also Max Sr. from Atomic Betty.
- Buckley and Mrs Boots from Slacker Cats.
- Lion example: Larry from Father of the Pride
- Also, Mr. Right the housecat from the same show.
- Douglas's cat Mr. Chubbikins from Freakazoid!. Accidentally responsible for Douglas' transformation into the manic superhero by typing into his computer the key sequence which activated the overloaded Pinnacle chip that would turn him into Freakazoid.
- The main character of the Looney Tunes cartoon, "Tin Pan Alley Cats," who is a caricature of Fats Waller, is an example.
- Dodsworth is a Looney Tunes character with only two cartoons to his name - a fat, lazy cat who tried to con a little kitten into doing his work for him. He had a William Bendix voice but could easily be mistaken for Rodney Dangerfield.