Colonel Meow, the “World’s Angriest Cat,” has died. The heartbreaking announcement was made on the famous cat’s Facebook page on Thursday. The male Himalayan-Persian became an internet sensation in 2012 with his angry scowl and unusually long fur. Although he was only three years old, the iconic cat suffered with several medical issues.
In November 2013, Colonel Meow’s owner Anne Marie Avey announced he was sick and had to undergo an unexpected surgery. Although he survived the surgery and a blood transfusion, the famous cat had remained ill. In the announcement, Avey asked for “recovery and healing vibes ASAP.” as his heart was not “doing the greatest.”
The fluffy cat’s devoted fans donated more than $21,000 to his continued care. Unfortunately, three months after his surgery the famous feline has died:
“Colonel Meow passed away yesterday evening. I will post more about the details when I’ve had a few days to grieve. Thank you so much for your understanding, Minions. Your love and support has meant the world to us both.”
Anne Marie Avey found her beloved cat through a rescue organization. Although he was a loving cat, his unusual appearance prompted her to post his photos online. He became an instant sensation, building a reputation as a ruthless “leader” who referred to his fans as “minions.” The scowling cat was often pictured with a glass of scotch, which was his preferred indulgence.
Before he became ill, the beloved cat was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. Mr. Meow’s fur was nearly 9 inches long. Guinness honored the famous feline with a title for “Longest Fur on a Cat.” The internet sensation’s photo and stats are featured in the Guinness World Records 2014 edition.
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday issued a statement about Colonel Meow’s passing:
“Colonel Meow was one of the most memorable, charismatic and paw-pular record holders of recent years… he’ll be remembered for his razor-clawed wit and sharp tongue… We’ll all miss his catty remarks and if there is such a thing as cat heaven, I’m sure he’ll already be in charge and bossing about some newly recruited minions.”
Although Avey joked about her cat’s unusual appearance and abrasive personality, he was a wonderful companion and she provided him with a loving home. Avey said Mr. Meow’s super long fur required brushing up to three times per week. However, she did not mind spending the extra time with her beloved pet.
Avey said she will post more details about Colonel Meow’s passing after she has time to mourn.
[Images via Facebook]