A magnificent Maine Coon cat from Southfield, Michigan has snatched the Guinness World Records title as the cat with the world's longest tail.
Meet Cygnus Regulus Powers!
We came across Cygnus a year ago when his human dad Dr. Will Powers, a family physician, told Love Meow that they believed their cat might have the world's longest tail as he was well over the world record then of 16.3 inches.
People often call the fluffy Maine Coon "Featherduster" or "Door draft blocker" as his tail is incredibly long and fluffy.
This is Cygnus as a kitten when they brought him home.
It didn't take long until the fluffy feline caught the attention from Guinness World Records, and they decided to do an official measurement to see for themselves.
Today Cygnus is two years old!
"Guinness World Records immediately took note of how impressive his tail was (apparently they browse the internet looking for talent) and asked us to do an official measurement. Well...we did, and he absolutely crushed the record," Powers said.
His tail was measured to be 17.58 inches long (44.66cm).
Cygnus has a larger-than-life personality that matches his glorious, magnificent tail!
"He's exceedingly friendly, and almost like a Ragdoll when picked up. He just flops and lets me do anything to him like touch his belly or paws," Dr. Powers told Love Meow.
He is a stunner and turns many heads with his tail and size, but Cygnus, the giant cat, has a gentle, loving heart.
This is him cuddling with Sirius Altair Powers, a rescue Bengal cat.
What a tail!
When Guinness World Records came to their home and met Powers' other cats, they were thrown for a surprise.
"They also discovered Arcturus Aldebaran Powers, our monstrously huge Savannah Cat," Powers said. "As it would turn out Arcturus was the tallest cat to ever live as well."
Arcturus now holds the title as the World's Tallest Cat measured to be 19.05 inches (48.4cm) tall. The official vet measurement was done by Caitlin Szurek, DVM of Animal Kingdom Veterinary Clinic in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
"Interestingly, each cat broke the record at only slightly over a year old, and still continue to grow, pushing the records farther and farther every day! They each hold both the 'Ever' record as well as the 'Living' record."
Powers is the president of a local cat rescue, Ferndale cat shelter in Ferndale, Michigan.
"We constantly do events with the cats where people can come meet them.... These two boys have raised thousands of dollars for our cat shelter."
"Both Arcturus and Cygnus are still growing! Arcturus is 20 inches tall now and Cygnus' tail has almost reached 19 inches," Powers told Love Meow.
No cat tree seems big enough to contain all that floof!
All three brothers at dinner time!
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