Absurdly large cats

Ransom Riggs

Ever since I got a kitten, people have been coming out of the woodwork with cat-rearing advice. The #1 tip I hear? "Don't let her get too fat." According to our vet, a veritable epidemic of kitty obesity is sweeping our fair nation, just as it is the human population. But all that jibber-jabber went out my other ear as soon as I saw these pictures, of enormous -- but apparently not overweight -- cats.

This monster is Leo, the Guiness world record-holder for longest cat. He is 35 pounds and 48 inches tall -- about the size of an eight-year-old child. If he were human, to scale, it would make him 220 pounds and at least seven inches taller than the Houston Rockets' towering 7'5" Yao Ming.

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If you can believe it, the cat pictured at left is only two years old. Riley, of the nororiously fluffed-out Maine Coon breed, is a relatively slim 24 lbs. Much smaller, but considerably more sinister, is the kitten pictured below. Can anyone name the famous dictator that the aptly-named "Trouble" most closely resembles (at least, according to this website?)

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