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Last Updated:  Friday, 21 February, 2003, 16:45 GMT
Russian fat cat creams the rest
Katy rests next to the scales
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

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.

Katy the cat
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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