This Photographer Takes Photos Of Chubby Cats And It’s So Delightful

Phat cats.

1. Chubby cats are a sadly underappreciated source of cuteness and fluff, but one Toronto photographer has set out to change that.

Pete Thorne

2. Pete Thorne’s project, Fat Cats, has had him taking truly delightful portraits of tubby kitties.

Pete Thorne

3. “I do think chubby cats are the cutest cats,” Thorne told BuzzFeed Canada.

Pete Thorne

4. He got the idea after working on Old Faithful, a photo series of elderly dogs. “It’s a pretty emotional project so I felt like I wanted to do something more lighthearted and colourful and vibrant,” he said.

Pete Thorne

5. And what could be better than big, cuddly, pudgy cats?

Pete Thorne

6. He put out a call for hefty house cats around Toronto on Bunz and was overwhelmed with responses. It turns out that overweight pets are more common than he realized.

Pete Thorne

7. Photographing cats, however, has its challenges. At first he had owners bring their cats to his home studio, but that ended up being a disaster.

Pete Thorne

8. “They’re completely frazzled from the ride over here — they probably think they’re going to the vet or something,” Thorne said. “I realized, talking to these owners, cats are really only comfortable in their own environment.”

Pete Thorne

9. So, he started going to the owners’ homes with his equipment in tow.

Pete Thorne

10. He uses toys or makes crinkling sounds to get the cats to look toward the camera.

Pete Thorne

11. But even then, he said, only a few photos from a shoot might be usable — and some cats refuse to work with him at all.

Pete Thorne

12. “They’re definitely difficult. They’ll decide if they want to come hang out or not.”

Pete Thorne

13. Thorne also realizes that some people may think he’s glorifying irresponsible pet ownership, but he pointed out that many of the cats in his shoots are on diets or were referred to him by a vet.

Pete Thorne

14. “I’m certainly not going to judge any of the owners or shame any of them.”

Pete Thorne

15. “I’m just saying that they exist, they’re still these cute, wonderful, lovable pets.”

Pete Thorne

16. It’s been so successful thus far that Thorne is raising funds on Kickstarter to publish a book of the photos.

17. The book will include blurbs about each cat.

Pete Thorne

18. Which means you can get to know each of the adorable floofs.

Pete Thorne

19. But just from the photos, one thing is really clear.

Pete Thorne

20. Nothing looks snugglier than a chubby kitty.

21. If you need more cat chub, you can follow the project on Facebook and Instagram.

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Lauren Strapagiel is Managing Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.
 
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