Colonel Meow, a fluffy gray cat with a perpetual scowl, became a viral Internet sensation earlier this year when his owners began posting photos of him online. He’s one of the few cats in the world with his own popular website, and now, the Colonel has earned another distinction: world’s hairiest cat.’Colonel Meow’ has earned a place in the Guinness World Records 2014 for the longest hair ever measured on a cat.
The two-year-old moggy is a Himalayan-Persian cross and at its longest his fur reaches 22.97cm (that’s nearly the length of a school ruler).
Colonel Meow lives in California with his owners, Anne Marie Avey and Eric Rosario, and they say he will be celebrating his achievement today.
“We already knew that he was the best cat in the world, but to be recognised in the Guinness World Records book takes it to the next level,” says Ms Avey.
“Literally everything has hair on it in the house,” say Los Angeles-based owners Anne Marie Avey and Eric Rosario in a joint statement. They add that they “proudly display to others that you are a proud cat owner by the copious amount of hair on our clothes.”
It’s been a year since the 2½-year-old rescue kitty became a fixture around the web when his owners created his Facebook page in August.
Colonel Meow’s Facebook page has over 180,000 followers, and—with a little help from his owners—the fluffy feline commented Wednesday on his new Guinness World Record title:
“Yes, minions, it is true. Your great and humble leader is now officially a WORLD RECORD HOLDER. Today it’s the longest fur. Tomorrow it’s largest kingdom.”
Maintenance of Colonel Meow’s epic mane can also be a herculean task, the couple say.
“Colonel Meow is being groomed for stardom, and I know the furry feline will be a big hit with readers,” Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said in a statement.
“He’s an incredible creature, and he’ll undoubtedly inspire people all around to the world to whip out their rulers and start measuring their own cat’s fur. We’re pleased to welcome him into the Guinness World Records family.”
Achieving those wind-blown locks requires rigorous grooming. “We brush him two to three times per week,” his owners say. “His fur is so epic – it takes two of us to properly brush him.” No fancy products, no problem: “If he gets dirty,” they add, “we use water and brushes to clean him up.”
The 10-lb. cat “makes a great hand warmer,” they add, and he’s “really fun to watch when he sits in front of a fan.”
Ms Avey and Mr Rosario adopted the Himalayan-Persian cross-breed from a cat rescue centre.
“Colonel isn’t afraid of other animals or people,” his owners say. “He greets everyone at the door and will walk right up to anything on the street when we walk him on his leash.”
Colonel Meow found fame earlier this year when his owners posted footage of him on YouTube which has racked up over two million views.