Chicken-Fried News: Easter kitty 

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  • Ingvard Ashby

Remember Lunchbox the cat? We recently dubbed him the “Most Oklahoma cat ever” for sharing a name with Edna’s popular cocktail and being quite overweight, something too many Oklahomans struggle with.

Oklahoma Humane Society posted about the nearly 24-pound cat back in January, saying he was its newest Weight Watchers member. Before being put up for adoption, the Humane Society said Lunchbox would receive special care to help him achieve his New Year’s resolution of shedding some of those extra pounds.

Despite going viral for being incredibly endearing and huggable, Lunchbox isn’t done with the spotlight quite yet. The “chonky kitty” that weighs roughly twice as much as an average cat, was named a finalist in the Cadbury Bunny Tryouts. That’s right, as if Lunchbox wasn’t extremely adorable already, he could be appearing in national commercials as this Easter’s Cadbury Bunny!

Lunchbox appears in his video entry sniffing candy, rolling around, sauntering and being generally cute against a pink background — all while wearing white bunny ears.

“After coming into the program as a whopping 24lb stray cat, he quickly became a beloved local celebrity,” according to the entry. “He’s garnered local media attention for his XL size, and equally impressive purr. Best of all, he’s been a wonderful ambassador for rescue animals in our state.”

Lunchbox seems like a shoo-in to win, but the competition is tough. He’s up against some adorable animals, including a two-legged dog, a Pomeranian, a hamster, a duck, a llama and a mini horse.

Help Lunchbox and the state win something fun and positive by voting online! Voting is open through March 18 at

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