Move Over, Garfield, There's a New Fat Cat in Town

NJ feline tips scales at 44 pounds
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 30, 2008 4:15 PM CDT
There are fat cats, but Princess Chunk (not pictured here) is one of the fattest on record, at 44 pounds.   ((c)
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(Newser) – Talk about New Jersey's fat cats. A 44-pound feline was found waddling around last week without a collar, and officials at the Camden County Animal Shelter hope she gets a nice—and hopefully, diet-friendly—home. Shelter officials are calling the porky cutie "Princess Chunk." "She's built like a quarterback," said a volunteer. 

The largest tabby on record weighed 46 pounds, 15 ounces. That cat, who lived in Australia, died in the 1980s. The Guinness World Records has since dropped the category, fearing cat owners might harm their animals in an attempt to break the record. Princess Chunk's owner has until Saturday to reclaim her. After that, the weighty pet will be eligible for adoption.