Tiddles, also known as the Paddington Station cat, (1970–1983) was a tabby-and-white cat who spent most of his life in the ladies' room at Paddington Station, in London. Constantly fed choice meats, including titbits from his admirers, he became famously fat.
On a cold morning in 1970, Tiddles was adopted as a six-week-old stray kitten by June Watson, an attendant in the ladies' room at Paddington Station. Women began to come to visit him there. In addition to fan letters, Christmas presents and a Christmas tree, Tiddles received food from many of his admirers, which was stored in his personal refrigerator; some posted food to him. As a result of his high-fat, high-calorie diet of delicacies such as chicken livers, kidneys, rabbit, and steak, the frequent titbits from admirers, and lack of exercise, Tiddles became very fat. By 1982, he weighed 30 pounds (14 kg) and won the title of 'London Fat Cat Champion'. He was one of the most famous fat cats (ironic because he was "anything but 'tiddly'"). He was filmed by a Canadian camera crew, featured in foreign magazines, and in 1993, painted by Frances Broomfield.
Attempts to reduce his weight did not work because his fans continued to overfeed him. He eventually weighed 32 pounds (15 kg) and "resemble[d] a beach ball with fur." Tiddles was put to sleep in 1983 after veterinarians found fluid around his lungs.
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