Prince Chunk, an obese cat, was abandoned after the bank foreclosed on his elderly owner’s home. At 44 pounds*, the white shorthaired cat with orange patches fell just short of the record for fattest cat. Taken into foster care, Prince Chunk became a celebrity due to his impressive girth, and the Camden County Animal Shelter that oversaw his foster placement received 500+ adoption inquiries.
Prince Chunk was put on a low-carbohydrate diet and spent some time as a spokescat, helping to raise the profile of the animal rescue organization and find homes for some of the more slender cats and dogs on offer. He has been a guest on The Today Show, Live with Regis & Kelly, The Early Show, and Good Morning America, and featured in more than 750,000 newspapers around the world. People Magazine voted his story “Best Animal Story of the Year.”
Adopted into a happy home he shared with a kitten and three dogs, he shed more pounds and lived for several years before succumbing peacefully in his sleep to heart disease. The Damianis, his adoptive family, have established the Prince Chunk Foundation, which provides temporary assistance to financially distressed pet owners to help them cover food and veterinary expenses so that they can keep their pets.
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*Prince Chunk’s adoptive family believe that his weight at the time he was found may have been exaggerated. By the time he moved in with them, he weighed 22 pounds. He had been on a diet in the interim, so it’s impossible to prove or disprove the 44-pound claim.
- FoxNews.com. (27 November 2010). “Famed Fat Cat ‘Prince Chunk’ Dies at 10.”
- Prince Chunk Foundation. (2012). “Who Is Prince Chunk?” PrinceChunkFoundation.org.