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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2787627.stm
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Story is below too (from Friday, 21 February, 2003)

Russian fat cat creams the rest


Katy's only interest is food
Russia has its fair share of mafia fat cats, but it also has what may be the fattest pet cat in the world.
Katy, a five-year-old Siamese from the town of Asbest in the Ural mountains, weighs in at 23 kilograms (50 pounds) - slightly more than the average six-year-old boy.

"She doesn't really eat that much," owner Tamara Yapugova told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

"She has a couple of fish in the morning and about 200 grams of meat in the evening.

KATY'S VITAL STATISTICS
Length - 69 cm (27 inches)
Waist - 70 cm (27.5 inches)
Weight - 23 kg (50 pounds)
Whisker span - 15 cm (6 inches)
Food consumption: 1.3 frankfurters per minute

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Source: Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper
"We give her vitamins... and we don't begrudge her milk mixed with sour cream. Dairy products are very good for her after all."

Katy's owners are trying to get her recognised in the Guinness Book of Records as the fattest living cat in the world.

The record is currently held by a cat from the US state of Minnesota, which weighs a mere 18.5 kg.

But although Guinness is aware of Katy's bid, a spokeswoman told BBC News Online that nominations in this category were no longer being accepted.

No appetite for sex

She said the organisation did not want to encourage people to overfeed their pets.


A vet has advised a special diet
Katy herself achieved her enormous size partly because she was fed hormones to stop her mating.

Komsomolskaya Pravda reported noted that despite her young age, Katy had now completely lost interest in the opposite sex, including her "ex-husband", the household's tomcat Kiska.

Her only interest now is food.

The newspaper said she took less than a minute to eat a frankfurter.

A Russian cat specialist advised special diet foods to reduce the strain on Katy's heart, liver and kidneys.

"Of course, dieting and detoxification days are important," Tamara Yapugova said.

"But I cannot starve her to death."
 

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Astonishing...did I understand this correctly she feeds their cat hot dogs? YUCK, I don't even like to eat them. Talk about by-products...eww!
 

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Katy herself achieved her enormous size partly because she was fed hormones to stop her mating.
Do they not spay in Germany? 8O

Poor kitty :(
 

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That poor cat omg!! What terrible people, not only to do that to their cat, but to want to brag about it in the guinness book of world records! I applaud Guinness for withdrawing that option by taking away the category so as to not encourage people to overfeed their pets.

UGH don't those people realise that cat is equal to a human weighing roughly 1,000lbs?!!!
 

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Yeah I would call it abuse aswell. Fancy making your cat so huge so it can be in the world records. Maybe she should work on herself for a spot and see how it feels.

Really I cant beleive some people are able to keep animals.
 

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I agree that it is abuse and she should be charged at least with SOMETHING! Its disgusting!

I don't know what's wrong with some of these people.
 

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I think it is abuse. I also think it's abuse when you see those 4 or 5 year old children weighing 150lbs. on talk shows, etc.
I've heard mothers come on those shows saying crazy things like "If my kid wants to eat 4 McDonads cheeseburgers for lunch, I'm not going to keep him from eating".

WHAAAAAAAAAT?
 

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That is so sad. What quality of life can that cat possibly have? Poor kitty. :x
 

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This is disgusting. Pity the owner seems more interested in "setting the record" instead of her cat's good health. Hissing...
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wow this woman is an IDIOT with no common sense..that's all i can say!
 
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