FW: Don't feed your cat table scraps
Netlore Archive: Circulating via email, an unattributed photo of a really, really big housecat.
Description: Emailed image
Circulating since: Feb 2004
Email contributed by Jodi O., Feb. 3, 2004:
Subject: FW: Why you don't feed your cat table scraps
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Analysis: Despite its resemblance to the infamous "Giant Mutant Cat" hoax of 2000, this image and the healthy feline specimen depicted therein both appear to be authentic. I could find no obvious signs of fakery or manipulation. Scoff if you will, but a recent Guinness world record holder for longest cat, a Maine coon in Chicago nicknamed "Leo," measured 48 inches from nose to tail and weighs 35 pounds. This old fellow could give Leo a run for his money.
Update: Additional images posted on www.kimmershow.com, the website of Georgia radio show host Kim Peterson, confirm that this hefty cat, whose name is Riley, and his owner, Martha, are quite real.
Update on the update: As of February 2008, the website mentioned above no longer exists.
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