Colonel Meow has been officially crowned as the Guinness World Records’ cat with the longest fur. The Colonel is a 2-year-old Himalayan-Persian cross-breed with fur that extends 22.87cm (9 inches). Three independent veterinarians took the average measurement of 10 hairs on the hirsute cat, and the evidence was sent to Guinness officials for verification. Even before the record verification, Colonel Meow enjoyed internet fame. His owner Anne Marie Avey said, “He has a huge following. He’s on Facebook, and Instagram, and he tweets all the time, and we have the Tumblr account, and he has his own personal website where he has a point of view from Colonel Meow about the news.”
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Colonel Meow and his family, Avey and Eric Rosario, are now living in Los Angeles, CA. Anne Marie and Eric adopted the record holder from the Himalayan & Persian Society rescue and say that they never use products on Colonel Meow’s fur. They only apply water and brush his hair when dirty, but it takes both of them brushing 2 to 3 times a week to groom the furry feline. Anne Marie said, “I have a lint roller in my car, in my bedroom, on my nightstand, in the kitchen, like we have one everywhere because his hair gets everywhere. But it’s worth it.” The owners say that Colonel Meow is enjoying the Guinness recognition and being featured in the forthcoming Guinness World Records 2014 edition.
More information: Guinness World Records