I wasn't thinking of it at the time, but any of my ridiculous cat drawings are probably inspired by the great New Yorker cartoonist George Booth. I was working at a used book store in Chicago when I first ran across of book of his (Think good thoughts about a pussycat). I was laughing so hard I had tears running down my face. I could barely run the cash register.
The above is an exaggeration, of course, Topper is much fatter.