Having just one record-breaking cat may seem like a rarity.
But this silver Maine Coone is the fourth feline in an American family that has vandalized a Guinness World Recordthanks to its remarkable tail.
Altair, a five-year-old cat from Michigan, It has the longest tail of any living domestic cat, measuring a staggering 16.07 inches.
This extends around four inches longer than your average furry friend, which is the equivalent of almost three iPhone 10s lined up per length.
But Altair is not alone, as his brothers Cygnus, Arcturus, and Fenrir have all broken incredible records of their own.
Altair (pictured) is the fourth feline in an American family to have broken a Guinness World Record.
THE RECORD-BREAKING CAT FAMILY
Longest tail of a living domestic cat: 16.07 inches
The longest tail of a domestic cat: 17.58 inches
Tallest house cat ever seen: 19.05 inches
Tallest living domestic cat: 18.83 inches
His owner, Dr. William John Powers, believes that both genetics and a “special diet” may play a role, as his features are abnormally large.
“Her brother Cygnus holds the record for the longest tail ever, so genetics certainly played a role,” Powers told the Guinness Book of Records.
“But I’ve already had four Guinness World Records-holding cats, so I suspect it’s probably due, at least in part, to the special diet I designed for them.”
On average, cats generally grow to around nine or 10 inches in height, with tails measuring around 11 inches for males and nine inches for females.
But her breed and diet can play a big part in this, as large amounts of protein are often needed to make a cat grow in size.
Sadly, both Cygnus and Arcturus disappeared after a fire ravaged Mr. Powers’ home in Farmington Hills and have never been seen since.
Despite this, Cygnus is still remembered as having the longest cat tail on record, measuring a whopping 17.58 inches.
Meanwhile, Arcturus, a two-year-old Savannah cat, was once the world’s tallest feline, standing at 19.05 inches.
Michigan’s five-year-old cat has the longest tail of any living domestic cat, measuring a staggering 16.07 inches.
On average, cats typically grow to around 9 or 10 inches in height, with tails measuring around 11 inches for males and 9 inches for females.
Cygnus (pictured) continues to be remembered for the longest cat tail on record, measuring a whopping 17.58 inches.
Arcturus, a two-year-old Savannah cat, was once the world’s tallest feline at 19.05 inches tall.
A cat that stands 18.83 inches tall, Fenrir is now considered the tallest domestic cat still alive.
This title has since been taken over by Fenrir, who, at 18.83 inches, is considered the tallest domestic cat still alive.
While Mr. Powers admits it’s nice to hang another record certificate on the wall, he says his cats aren’t trophy pets.
Instead, Fenrir and Altair are often used as “therapy cats” at Mr. Powers’ clinic, where he helps HIV patients.
He continued: ‘At the time of the original fire, I was president of a cat shelter. I really wanted to be able to do the charity work with these guys that I was barely able to do with the original world record holders.
“Because I have that certificate, my cats work as therapy animals at the clinic (she finds it much easier to tell someone she has HIV when she’s petting a 35-pound, 19-inch-tall cat).”
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Cats are famous for their independent and aloof nature, but a new study has revealed the path to the heart of even the most aloof feline.
Scientists from Paris Nanterre University sat down in a “cat cafe,” where kittens roam free and can get close to customers, to test different ways to win them over.
They found that cats responded more quickly to strange humans when they offered vocal and visual cues together, such as calling their name while holding out their hand.
But when the human was completely ignoring the animals, they were more likely to wag their tails, a sign of frustration or agitation.
The researchers hope their findings will improve the quality of human-cat relationships and the well-being of cats.
Scientists at Paris Nanterre University found that cats responded more quickly to strange humans when they offered vocal and visual cues together (file image)