Prince Chunk (also known as Princess Chunk and Captain Chunk, real name: Powder) (1998 – November 21, 2010) was a domestic shorthair cat, who at one time was alleged to weigh 44 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.
|Other name(s)||Powder, Princess Chunk, Captain Chunk|
Voorhees, New Jersey
|Died||November 21, 2010 (aged 12)|
Voorhees, New Jersey
|Weight||44 lb (20 kg) (around 22 lb (10 kg) before death)|
According to the Guinness World Records, the largest tabby cat was forty-six pounds and fifteen ounces. Since then, the publishers have dropped the category to prevent deliberate overfeeding and possible harm to cats.
He made television appearances on Live with Regis and Kelly, Good Morning America, Fox News, and MSNBC, based on his reported weight, but reliable sources of the cat's definitive weight in July 2008 are not available. One paper reported that "shelter officials said they were perplexed by the discrepancy", after the Damiani family found that the cat weighed just over 22 pounds, "days after" receiving him. The Damiani family later founded the Prince Chunk Foundation, a nonprofit that allows people to keep their pets in difficult financial situations by giving them free pet food and vet care.
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- "Not so Chunk-y? New owner says fat cat's weight is down to 22 pounds". New York Daily News. August 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
- "Fat Cat's Owner Found; Lost Home to Foreclosure". FOXNews.com. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
- "Famously large cat Prince Chunk dies in New Jersey". EW.com. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
- "Vet: 44-pound cat is a he; real name 'Powder'". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-07-31.[dead link]
- Shapiro, Richard (March 14, 2009). "Famed fat cat Chunk still living (and eating) like a king". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2010-06-09.
- Schapiro, Rich. "Prince Chunk Foundation, named after fat tabby, gives free vet care, food to struggling pet owners". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
- Shapiro, Richard (November 26, 2010). "Prince Chunk, New Jersey cat that weighed as much as 44 pounds, dies". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on November 29, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
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