Tiddles, also known as the Paddington Station cat, (1970–1983) 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.
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. 30 pounds (14 kg) and won the title of 'London Fat Cat Champion'. He was one of the most famous fat cats (ironic because he was "anything but 'tiddly'" ). He was filmed by a Canadian camera crew, featured in foreign magazines, and in 1993, painted by Frances Broomfield.Women began to come to visit him there. In addition to fan letters, Christmas presents and a Christmas tree, Tiddles received food from many of his admirers, which was stored in his personal refrigerator; some posted food to him. 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. By 1982, he weighed
Attempts to reduce his weight did not work because his fans continued to overfeed him. He eventually weighed 32 pounds (15 kg) and "resemble[d] a beach ball with fur." Tiddles was euthanised in 1983 after veterinarians found fluid around his lungs.
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Hodge was one of Samuel Johnson's cats, immortalised in a characteristically whimsical passage in James Boswell's Life of Johnson.
Fritz the Cat is a comic strip created by Robert Crumb. Set in a "supercity" of anthropomorphic animals, the strip focused on Fritz, a feline con artist who frequently went on wild adventures that sometimes involved sexual escapades. Crumb began drawing this character in homemade comic books when he was a child. Fritz became one of his best known characters, thanks largely to the motion picture adaptation by Ralph Bakshi.
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Chow Hound is a Looney Tunes animated short directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. Released June 16, 1951, the voices are performed by Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet and John T. Smith.
Prince Chunk was a domestic shorthair cat, who at one time was alleged to weigh thirty-nine pounds, a world record. He was found in Voorhees, New Jersey, on July 26, 2008, by Animal Control, who nicknamed him "Captain Chunk". After a search for his owner, it was found that his name was Powder and that he was abandoned by Donna Oklatner, an elderly Voorhees resident. Oklatner claimed she could not afford to take care of the cat when she lost her home in foreclosure proceedings.
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Room and Bird is a 1951 Merrie Melodies animated short featuring Sylvester and Tweety.
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George "Foghorn" Winslow, born George Karl Wentzlaff, was an American child actor of the 1950s known for his stentorian voice and deadpan demeanor. He appeared in several films, some opposite such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Dean Martin, and Jerry Lewis. In the late 1950s, he retired from acting.
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