Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievement, today revealed a sneak preview of the upcoming edition of the world’s best-selling copyright book, by announcing its latest record-breaker: Colonel Meow, the Cat with the longest fur.
The Himalayan-Persian cross-breed has fur that reaches 22.87cm (9in) and features in the new Guinness World Records 2014 book out on September 12.
The two-year-old feline named ‘Colonel Meow’ by his owners, Anne Marie Avey and Eric Rosario, because of his “epic frown and fur”, will celebrate his achievement today at their home in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Anne Marie said: “We already knew that he was the best cat in the world, but to be recognised in the Guinness World Records book takes it to the next level.”
However, there is a considerable 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, who was adopted as a rescue cat from the Himalayan & Persian Society, needs his fur brushed 2–3 times a week, and it takes both Anne 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 latest Guinness World Records 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 over 2 million views.
Colonel Meow’s fur measurements were taken by three independent vets, recording an average length based on 10 hairs. The evidence was then sent through to Guinness World Records to verify the new record.
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: “Colonel Meow is being groomed for stardom, and I know the furry feline will be a big hit with readers. 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 shortly, he’s just one of the many spectacular record-holders that feature in the new book.”
Colonel Meow’s record and many, many more feature in the new Guinness World Records 2014 Edition – which is available worldwide on Thursday 12 th September. Find out more about the book and its incredible augmented reality feature, and where you can buy a copy at www.guinnessworldrecords.com/2014/