Stewie, the World's Longest Cat
By Youmi Park
Whether their cats are fat, teeny, slender, or just plain normal, most
aficionados have an amazing thing or two (or 32) to say about their beloved
pet. But only one woman gets 4 full feet worth of fuzzy bragging rights.
Robin Henrickson of Reno, Nevada was handed a certificate last week
from Guinness World Records honoring her 5-year old Maine Coon, Mymains
Gilligan, aka Stewie, for being the world's longest domestic cat. Henrickson
had contacted the Guinness herself, after years of people exclaiming
quite literally, "Wow, what a long cat!" upon seeing Stewie.
Honestly, can you blame them? From his nose to the tip of his tail, this
streamlined feline measures exactly to 48.5 inches, breaking the previous
world record of 47 inches championed by a kitty named Verisimo Leonetti
Reserve Red, aka Leo, in 2008.
Besides boasting a similarly regal name fit for such extensive celebrity,
Leo is also a Maine Coon like Stewie. This alikeness is not surprising,
considering that Maine Coons are one of the largest domestic cat breeds
out there, averaging anywhere between 15 to 25 pounds and up to 40 inches
in height. Slapping on another 8 inches may seem like it ain't no thing
for a Coon, but ultimately, you end up with an exceptionally long cat.
Still, for all their bulk, they are a healthy and hardy breed with
playful personalities, just as Henrickson would describe her "gentle
"He really likes people, especially kids," Hendrickson told the Reno
Gazette- Journal. "We hope that maybe Stewie can visit classrooms to help
awareness of animal welfare. I think it would be great if Stewie was known worldwide.
Mostly though, I hope he makes people smile."
Stewie does just that in the 2011 edition of the Guinness World records,
alongside other crazy but cute pets including Giant George, the world's
tallest dog measuring a lofty 7-foot-3-inches; and Jake, the tabby honored
for having most toes on a cat --28 digits, 7 on each paw. Long, tall,
short, multi-toed: all awesome bragging rights.