Colonel Meow was already famous, and now he’s in the record books too.
The cat that gained fame on the internet for its overflowing fur has now been recognized by Guinness World Records as the cat with the longest fur in the world. The standard of strange record-keepers, Guinness called on three independent veterinarians to study Colonel Meow and measure his fur, and they determined that his hairs measured an average of nine inches long.
“We already knew that he was the best cat in the world, but to be recognized in the Guinness World Records book takes it to the next level,” said the Colonel’s owner, Anne Marie Avey.
Avey said Colonel Meow needs some heavy maintenance to keep his fur from getting out of control.
“His fur is so epic — it takes two of us to properly brush him,” Avey and co-owner Eric Rosario said in a statement. “Literally everything in the house has hair on it, including us! I feel like I’m always vacuuming!”
Though his fur makes him gigantic, the owners say Colonel Meow is gentle at heart.
“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 comes to prominence at a time when social media is lousy with famous cats. There is Tardar Sauce, the famous grumpy cat that rose to fame through its angry demeanor and popular social media presence, and the adorable Lil Bub.
Craig Glanday, editor-in-chief of the Guinness World Records, said Colonel Meow is also being “groomed for stardom,” and the furry cat has already proven to be popular on the internet. The 2½-year-old rescue cat has his own Facebook page, which his owners created in August and has already reached more than 185,000 likes.