Because Laurel was amazed at the idea of an 18 lb. cat -- here's a picture of Himself (and that's my hand, not a little kid's or anything). This is why my sister calls him a Kittypotamus.
And here are both of the boys together. Mudpuppy is the short-haired one; he will be 18 years old on the first of July and was diagnosed with diabetes in January of 1996 (proof that diabetic cats can live a long and happy life). Honey Bear is the fluffball. You can see what a hard life they have.