Penge feline Meaty Mikey, owned by Corrie star’s daughter, is top cat after scooping national slimming award

PUBLISHED: 15:23 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:55 25 November 2016

Mike and his owner, Stephanie Briggs

Mike and his owner, Stephanie Briggs

David Tett Photography

Greedy Mike would feast on crisps, curry and cornflakes before he slimmed down

Mikey the cat before he slimmed downMikey the cat before he slimmed down

A former fat cat from Penge has scooped a national slimming award after shedding nearly a fifth of his bodyweight.

‘Meaty Mikey’ weighed in at a whopping 1st 5lb (8.45kg) after feasting on Doritos, curry and cornflakes.

But now nine-year-old Mikey is the cat’s whiskers after coming top in the feline category of the PDSA’s Pet Fit Club, wowing judges with his amazing 3lb (1.4kg) weight loss.

His owner, 34-year-old actress Stephanie Briggs - whose father Johnny played Mike Baldwin in Coronation Street for more than 30 years - explained how he became so big.

“It was partly my fault because food is love and when you love your animal you just want to show it,” she said.

“He is really greedy as well - I had to wrestle a pain au chocolat out of his mouth yesterday.

“Normally cats are quite fussy, but he is just like a dog.

“He eats anything that is edible - I even once saw him eat a water chestnut out of a Chinese.”

But the journey from fat cat to fit feline was not always an easy one.

“That nagging meow is now the backdrop of my life,” Ms Briggs said. “I tried to teach him the nagging does not work, but he is quite persistent.

“I was being supported by the PDSA. When there is no structure or help it makes it a lot more difficult.

“Knowing that every month he had to go to be weighed helped me keep on track.

“He is much better now. Before the diet he struggled to get over the neighbour’s fence, but now he is quite sprightly and skippy.”

Keeping pets at a healthy weight can reduce their risk of illness and help them to live longer.

“I just wanted to keep him for as long as possible, but I didn’t expect we would do as well as we did,” Ms Briggs said.

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