Australian Maine Coon May Take The Title of World's Longest Domestic Cat May 29 2017
A giant Maine Coon cat named Omar measuring almost 4 feet long in Australia, may be the world's longest domestic cat.
Omar was the same size as his litter mates when owner Stephy Hirst took him home in 2013. Now four years later, he measures in at 120cm (3ft 11in) and weighs a whopping 14 kilograms!
After the supersized feline found internet fame, Ms Hirst said Guinness World Records contacted her to send in his measurements.
The current record-holder is a 118cm (3ft 10.5in) Maine Coon from Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Ms Hirst said she would now send Omar's measurements in for official verification.
'We thought he might be (the longest cat in the world) but we hadn't done anything about it because he might not be fully grown yet,' Ms Hirst told The Herald Sun.
Omar, being three times the size of other felines can do things and get into places other cats could only dream of.
Maine Coon's are one of the largest breeds of domesticated felines in the world. They derive their name from the U.S. state of Maine, where it is the official state cat.
“We were expecting about a nine-kilo cat,” said Hirst.
“He got to that before he was one year old, and that’s when we sort of realized that he’s not nearly done yet.”
Omar eats dry cat food and kangaroo meat, and enjoys a relaxed life lounging around with dogs Rafiki and Penny, Hirst told Australia’s Seven Network.
Omar likes to stick to a schedule and generally wakes up around 05:00am. He eats two scoops of dry cat food for breakfast, then spends the day lounging around the house, or playing in the backyard. He then eats raw kangaroo meat for dinner.
"We buy human-grade kangaroo meat at the supermarket," Ms Hirst said. "It's the only meat we could find that he actually wants to eat."
The enormous pet is said to have quite the personality, and displays a talent for opening doors, kitchen cupboards, shower screens and wardrobes.
"All of our friends want to come over and see our cat," Ms Hirst said. "They say 'is that Photoshopped?' or 'that can't be real' and then they see him in the flesh."
Guinness World Records has yet to confirm if Omar takes the title.
Once Guinness World Records receives evidence for record attempts, it can take up to 12 weeks for a response.
Guinness representatives in London confirmed they had received an application "from Omar and his family" but Ms Hirst said staking a claim to fame is "not important" to her.
She thinks Omar would rather things go back to normal, and resume his laid-back lifestyle.
"He's just looking forward to napping on the trampoline, chowing down on some more kangaroo and trying to keep us awake at night," she said.