If you've ever seen a wet Samoyed or koala (more on that later), you know that an animal's fluffiness can be a bit misleading. What may seem like a chubby animal is really just a super fluffy one! And we all know, there's truly nothing better than a furry, cuddly, cute creature.
Check out these eight roly poly animals who are too cute to handle–and get simple tips to help your pet if he or she is starting to pack on a few pounds.
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Maine Coon Cats
Due to their large, fluffy bodies and good, calm natures, Maine Coon cats are often referred to as the "gentle giants" of the cat world. And it's no secret why: Male Maine Coons can weigh as much as 18 pounds, while females can weigh up to 16 pounds!
Because Maine Coons originated in a cold climate with frigid winters, they're equipped with extremely dense, water-resistant coats–which gives them an, ahem, hefty appearance!
Like dogs, it's vital to help your cat maintain a healthy weight–or he could develop several different health issues. Talk to your vet about an eating and exercise plan that can help your kitty shed excess weight and live a longer, happier and healthier life. Be sure to schedule regular visits with your vet, too, so she can monitor your feline friend's progress.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Perhaps known best for their super thick, fluffy coats and permanent grins (often referred to as the "Sammy smile"), Samoyeds are one of the oldest dog breeds in history. Originating in Asia, Samoyeds were bred by the Samoyede in Persia to hunt, pull sleds, and herd animals. It is believed, however, that Samoyeds weren't just assistants to the Samoyede–they were treated as furry family members, too.
Concerned that your dog isn't just a fluffer–and is actually gaining excess weight? It's important to get your dog's weight under control ASAP. Just like people, excess weight (or even obesity) in dogs can lead to a host of health problems, like joint pain, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Start by assessing your dog's diet and exercise regimen. How many treats is she really eating during the day? Does she get enough exercise? Then, work with your vet to develop a weight loss program that works for your pooch. She'll outline a healthy diet and exercise plan, and set up weight loss milestones, as well as regular check-ins to monitor progress.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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There are lots of myths and misconceptions around the domestication of rabbits. One (incorrect) theory states that rabbits were first domesticated in 600 AD by French Monks; allegedly, Pope Gregory declared Christians were allowed to eat rabbit fetuses during Lent because they weren't considered meat, but fish–which is confusing in itself!
In reality, the domestication of wild rabbits likely occurred over hundreds (if not thousands) of years, all across the globe. And that's how we have fluffy, rotund pet bunnies today!Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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The penguins from Happy Feet may seem like sweet, little birds, but this tear-jerking tale doesn't tell the whole story: The largest of all penguins, Emperor Penguins stand about 45 inches tall and can weigh up to 100 pounds!
Because they reside in Antarctica–where it's very, very cold, Emperor Penguins have several layers of insulating fat and scale-like feathers to keep the cold out. Plus, they often (and adorably) huddle together for additional warmth.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Whether they're galavanting in your backyard, trying to steal seeds from your bird feeder or making themselves at home in your attic, one thing's for sure: Gray squirrels can be as annoying as they are adorable! Scattered across North America, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Australia, they're some of the most common creatures in urban, suburban, and rural environments.
Because gray squirrels often live near humans, it's pretty common to see fat squirrels. And like any other animal, excess weight or obesity can cause some serious health issues in them. How can you help? Start by squirrel-proofing your bird feeder, ensuring your garbage isn't accessible, and avoiding feeding squirrels when you encounter them in your yard or local park. While it may be cute to see a squirrel nomming on a french fry, you're not doing them any favors!Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Pandas have some serious appetites–they spend about 12 hours each day nomming on bamboo, which makes up 99% of their diets. What do they do with the rest of their day? Play and snooze. Pandas are truly living the dream.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Some of the most popular birds in North America and Europe, robins are known for their beautiful tunes and penchant to eat–and get drunk from–fermented berries (yes, really).
Although it is possible for domesticated birds to gain too much weight, it's less common in their wild cousins; wild birds are far more active and have to forage for their meals. Some wild birds may appear to be a bit hefty, but they're not really fat–rather, their feathers are fluffed up to keep their bodies warm.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Koalas may look chubby–and you'd think their habit of consuming 2.5 pounds of Eucalyptus every single day would cause some weight gain–but they're really just super fluffy. Need proof? Check out this photo of a wet (and terrifying), albeit skinny, koala!