When this Maine Coon cat named Omar was picked up his new owner, Stephy Hirst, he was the same size as the rest of his siblings – tiny.
That’s why Stephy never expected that one day, she will be contacted by the Guinness World Records because they think that Omar might be the new holder of the World’s Longest Cat title.
“We were expecting a 9 kilo [19 pound] cat,” Stephy told the Maroondah Leader (via Global News). “He got to that [length] before he was one year old, and that’s when we sort of realized that he’s not nearly done yet.”
The full-grown Maine Coon cat now measures 120 cm (47 inches) and is 30 pounds heavy!
Stephy described Omar’s typical routine, which begins with him waking up at around 5:00 am. For breakfast, he eats a few cups of dry cat food, then he relaxes around the house and goes out in the yard to play. After his daily playtime session, the cat goes for a nap on the trampoline before having his raw kangaroo meat dinner – which, Stephy says, is the only meat that Omar wants to eat.
Although this Maine Coon cat appears to be living in the lap of luxury, there is one thing that he isn’t allowed to do – sleep on the bed.
“He does take up a bit too much room… so he gets locked out of the bedroom at night,” Stephy explained. Omar sleeps on the couch instead.
Just like most pet owners, Stephy just couldn’t help but share how adorable her Omar was. So she created an Instagram account for him, and he immediately caught the attention of cat lovers all over the world.
In fact, one of his pictures was shared by the famous Cats of Instagram account, and that’s when Omar gained stardom in the cat-loving community. Guinness World Records saw Omar’s pictures as well, and they contacted Stephy requesting his measurements.
“All of our friends want to come over and see our cat. They say ‘is that Photoshopped?’ or ‘that can’t be real’ and then they see him in the flesh,” Stephy told BBC.
The current record holder for the World’s Longest Cat is Ludo, another Maine Coon from Wakefield, Yorkshire. If the reported measurements are accurate, Ludo is 118.33 cm (or 46.5 inches) long, which makes Omar about half an inch longer.
Check out the video below to know more about Omar’s story.
What a big beautiful cat! Indeed, Stephy and her husband are very lucky to have him.
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