People are fascinated with the largest, tallest and fattest cat in the world. I have built pages on the first two. These are the links:
- F1 Savannah cat MAGIC – the Guinness World Record tallest pet cat (meaning domestic).
- World’s tallest cat in meerkat position (PoC informal record!)
- World’s Biggest Cat – this covers domestic to wild cats and includes MAGIC (of course, as she is probably the largest domestic at too although this is yet to be confirmed).
But….I am not sure that these are the cleverest ideas for world records, if I am totally honest…not that anyone will care. I mention below that I am not sure that there is a world’s fattest cat and the idea of the smallest cat calls into question whether it encourages irresponsible cat breeding – just a thought.
Fattest Cat in the World
OK, down to business. As it happens there is a video (see below – a still from the video is adjacent, right) that starts with the title “Guinness Rekord TV”. This is odd as “record” is spelled “rekord” indicating that this is possibly a Swedish television program. In short I am not sure that this is the fattest cat in the world.
There are no names or details. Although on the Animals of the Day website they say it is a Guinness World Records video.
I am still not sure. Is it possible that the Guinness World Records people would not wish to create a record for the fattest cat as it would or could promote ill health in cats? In other words it might encourage people to overfeed their cat to win the record. The fattest is not a record we (humans) would want to hold.
This is born out by a comment on the website, Neatorama, who say that there is no word record for the fattest cat as the Guinness World Records organisation has stopped accepting applications for the record. They do say that the fattest ever domestic cat was one called, Himmy who was a tabby cat living with Thomas Vyse in Queensland Australia. He weighed 46lb 15.25 oz. He died relatively young, aged 10, in 1986 (see more fattest cats in a table below).
This is supported by Messybeast, who wrote an article about the fattest cats in the world (published 2001 – “008). Sarah Hartwell says that the record has been abandoned.
Here, though, is the video that I refer to:
The cat in the video weighs less than Himmy at 40.8 lbs or 18.5 kg. However, a search on the Guinness World Records website does not come up with a result for the fattest cat in the world. The website, though, does say that it only contains a fraction of the records. I find that very odd particularly as I could not see any directions on the site to where I might find the complete database. I presume that we are being encouraged to buy the book.
I conclude therefore that at the time of this post (March 2010) that the above cat might be the official certified fattest cat in the world. I may be that the Guinness WR organisation stopped accepting applications after this cat was crowned the fattest. Although, further research indicates that this might not be the case. It would seem that the record was abandoned before 20081
But there are some other very fat cats, and I don’t mean rich businessmen, two of which are shown below and both seem to be at least as big as the supposed fattest cat in the world.
Here is another claimed fattest cat in the world:
This is a still from this video. I have screen saved a still, albeit of poor quality as videos are sometimes pulled off the Internet:
In my opinion this cat looks as fat as the other one if not fatter. Now here is another very fat cat, which is also from a video:
This cat, definitely, looks the fattest of the lot if it has not been digitally enhanced (which frankly looks the case). Lastly, a visitor to this website posted a picture of their cat and it is pretty fat….BIG BABY.
More Fattest Cats
Here is a selection of some more fattest cats1 over 40 lbs which seems to be the threshold at which a claim to be the fattest can be made. As can be seen by the dates, the idea of the fattest cat in the world was a bit of a fad, a phase that has now past. It is a shallow idea to the detriment of the cat.
Fattest Cats Health
A lot of these cats died before their time. Tulle, for example died of diabetes a disease associated with obesity. These are obese cats. Some had conditions that caused or contributed to their obesity but most were simply overfeed by humans. “Tiddles”, the famous Paddington station cat (London, England), another “ fattest cat”, was fed by customers who used the lavatories where he lived. He weighed 32 lb (14.5 kg).
Other Cat Extremes
As I see it, the only “est” left might be the thinnest, which I doubt as it would be completely politically incorrect and more. No, wait, I am wrong. There is the smallest and the shortest. I have built a page on the smallest cat breed. Here it is: Smallest Cat Breed – this is the Singapura AKA the Drain cat as it is meant to live in the drains. But can you find one?
But the smallest cat breed is not necessarily the smallest cat. I have not built a page on the smallest cat yet (March 2010) but there is a cat called “Pete” on the teacup cat page who is not much taller when crouching that the height of a cigarette packet. You can see him here: Teacup Cats.
Actually the Guinness World Records people are (at March 2010) looking for the the smallest living cat in terms of length and the shortest living cat. They are asking people to apply on behalf of their cat who has to be less than 15 inches long (as the current record holder is 15 inches long) and at least one year old. Applications must accompany:
- Vet statement
I will do a post on this soon.
References other than stated in text:
1. Messybeast website