Tiddles

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Tiddles, also known as the Paddington Station cat, (19701983) was a tabby-and-white cat who spent most of his life in the ladies' room at Paddington Station, in London. Constantly fed choice meats, including titbits from his admirers, he became famously fat.

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On a cold morning in 1970, Tiddles was adopted as a six-week-old stray kitten by June Watson, an attendant in the ladies' room at Paddington Station. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] Women began to come to visit him there. [7] In addition to fan letters, Christmas presents and a Christmas tree, [6] Tiddles received food from many of his admirers, which was stored in his personal refrigerator; some posted food to him. [1] [8] As a result of his high-fat, high-calorie diet of delicacies such as chicken livers, kidneys, rabbit, and steak, the frequent titbits from admirers, and lack of exercise, Tiddles became very fat. [2] [9] [10] By 1982, he weighed 30 pounds (14 kg) and won the title of 'London Fat Cat Champion'. [2] [11] He was one of the most famous fat cats [3] [5] (making his name ironic, as he was "anything but 'tiddly'"). [12] He was filmed by a Canadian camera crew, featured in foreign magazines, [3] and in 1993, painted by Frances Broomfield. [13]

Attempts to reduce his weight did not work because his fans continued to overfeed him. He eventually weighed 32 pounds (15 kg) [14] and "resemble[d] a beach ball with fur." [11] Tiddles was euthanised in 1983 after veterinarians found fluid around his lungs. [9]

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