When Stephy Hirst of Melbourne, Australia, picked up her new kitten Omar, he was the same size as the rest of his siblings.
Little did she know, however, that he would soon become a top contender for the Guinness World Record title of World’s Longest Cat.
“We were expecting a 9 kilo [19 pound] cat,” Hirst 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.”
Now that he’s full-grown, Omar measures a whopping 120 cm (47 inches) and weighs more than 30 pounds!
Hirst says, on a typical day, Omar wakes up at about 5:00 am. He then eats a few cups of dry cat food for breakfast, relaxes around the house, and goes outside to play in the yard. After his regular play session, the long kitty stretches out for a nap on the trampoline, before gorging on a delicious feast of raw kangaroo meat.
“It’s the only meat we could find that he actually wants to eat,” Hirst said.
This big guy, however, has been banned from the bed. “He does take up a bit too much room… so he gets locked out of the bedroom at night,” Hirst explained.
Hirst created an Instagram account for Omar where he immediately caught the eye of cat lovers everywhere.
When one of his photos was shared on the popular Cats of Instagram account, Omar became an instant celebrity— and that’s when Guinness World Records contacted Hirst requesting his measurements.
“All of our friends want to come over and see our cat,” Hirst told the BBC. “The say ‘is that Photoshopped?’ or ‘that can’t be real’ and then they see him in the flesh.”
In order to be considered the World’s Longest Cat, Omar will have to beat the current title-holder, another Maine Coon named Ludo from Wakefield, Yorkshire. If the reported measurements are correct, Ludo is 118.33 cm (or 46.5 inches) long — making Omar about half an inch longer.
As of yet, an update from Guinness has not been provided.
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Omar the maine coon is as big as three normal cats – and could grow to be the longest in the world.
Posted by ABC News on Wednesday, May 17, 2017