If you have to pass emission testing its going to be next to impossible.
From my experience if you don't want it to sound nasty with a gutted cat, the best thing is to pull the cat off and cut it open then clean it out and cut a length of piping to fit inside it and weld it back up. This prevents it from sounding really bad from just a hollow cat and also allows you to still have it appear as if a cat is installed.
If its not required to have a cat, don't gut one out simply remove it and replace it with pipe.
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