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'World's longest cat' in bid for record recognition

May 17,2017 17:16

omar-cat-1.jpg 'Omar' the cat with owner Stephy Hirst during a photo shoot in Melbourne, Victoria. She started an instagram account recently and 'Omar' then got featured by 'Cats of Instagram', which led to Guinness World Records contacting her to see ...

A cat measuring almost four feet is vying for the title of the world's longest after taking Instagram by storm.
Omar, a Maine Coon, measures 120cm from nose to tail, according to his owner.
The 14kg feline is fed on raw kangaroo meat and needs a dog crate to be taken to the vet, the BBC reported.
"It's the only meat we could find that he actually wants to eat," owner Stephy Hirst, of Melbourne, Australia, told the broadcaster.
"He does take up a bit too much room on the bed so he gets locked out of the bedroom at night," Ms Hirst added.
The current official longest cat — according to Guinness World Records — is another Maine Coon named Ludo, who is 118.33cm.

I'm not very impressed with this fame gig, but at least I have my little brother watching my back ? @penny_and_rafi . . . . #mainecoon #mainecoonsofinstagram #catsofaustralia #instacats #gingercat #overnightcelebrity #mediastar
A post shared by Omar the Maine Coon (@omar_mainecoon) on May 16, 2017 at 7:49pm PDT

Ludo lives in Wakefield, Yorkshire with owner Kelsey Gill.
Ms Hirst has submitted Omar for consideration for the record.

Yes I think I will have this... . . . . #mainecoon #mainecooncat #catsofinstagram #mainecoonsofinstagram #catsofinsta #catsofaustralia #giantcat #bigcats #gingercats
A post shared by Omar the Maine Coon (@omar_mainecoon) on May 12, 2017 at 4:19pm PDT

Guinness said of the Maine Coon breed: "There is a myth, impossible in reality, but encouraged by its typical brown tabby colouring and abundant fur, that it resulted from matings between semi-wild cats and raccoons.

I have grown! I am now more than twice as big as Penny! #mainecoonsofinsta #mainecoon #sheltie #shetlandsheepdog #instacoon #instasheltie #sheltiesofinstagram
A post shared by Omar the Maine Coon (@omar_mainecoon) on May 3, 2017 at 8:14pm PDT

"The Maine Coon’s robust health and companionable, lively personality has ensured its popularity as a family pet for well over a century."
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