Guinness World Records announced its latest record-breaker: Colonel Meow, the cat with the longest fur. The Himalayan and Persian mix has fur that reaches 9 inches and is featured in the new “Guinness World Records 2014” book out Sep. 12.
The 2-year-old feline – named Colonel Meow because of his “epic frown and fur” – will celebrate his achievement with pet parents Anne Marie Avey and Eric Rosario at their home in Los Angeles.
“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,” Anne Marie says. The downside to her record-breaking cat? “Literally everything in the house has hair on it, including us! I feel like I’m always vacuuming!”
Colonel Meow’s fur measurements were taken by three independent veterinarians, recording an average length based on 10 hairs. The evidence was then sent through to Guinness World Records to verify the new record.
Colonel Meow, who was adopted as a rescue cat from the Himalayan & Persian Society, needs his fur brushed two to three times a week, and it takes both Anne Marie and Eric to complete the job. The couple say that they never use products on Colonel Meow’s fur, applying only water and brushes if he gets dirty.
News of his inclusion in the “Guinness World Records 2014” book tops off a fantastic year for Colonel Meow, who has become an internet sensation with the launch of his own website, Facebook page and YouTube channel that has already racked up more than 2 million views.
“Colonel Meow is being groomed for stardom, and I know the furry feline will be a big hit with readers,” said Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday. “He’s an incredible creature, and he’ll undoubtedly inspire people all around to the world to whip out their rulers and start measuring their own cat’s fur. We’re pleased to welcome him into the Guinness World Records family – and as you’ll be seeing soon, he’s just one of the many spectacular record-holders featured in the new book.”
The best-selling copyright book was first published in 1955 and has sold more than 120 million copies to date in more than 100 countries.