Here’s a story that will make you laugh, then cry, then want to find like four cats and tie them together and try to make things right.
Meet Stewie, the Guinness World Record holder for “World’s Longest Cat.”
The longest domestic cat is Mymains Stewart Gilligan (Stewie to his furr-ends), who is 123 cm (48.5 in) long. He is owned by Robin Hendrickson and Erik Brandsness (USA) and was measured on 28 August 2010.
Mymains Stewart Gillligan is a 5 year-old Maine Coon.
I wish the story could end with THIS CAT IS LONGER THAN EVERY OTHER CAT EVER THAT IS AMAZING, but it doesn’t. Stewie spent the last few years battling cancer and passed away earlier in the week. I can’t think of anything more directly saddening on the Internet than “a special cat has died.” Stewie’s owner posted a farewell video on his Facebook fan page (because he has that) and gives the poor guy a chance to say goodbye. The tears we cry for Long Cat are long.
Here’s a clip of Stewie in happier days, from his Guinness World Records video.
Rest in peace, buddy. I didn’t know you, but I’m happy you got to be here for a while.
[h/t to TDW]