Published 28 October 2016
National Cat Day is celebrated in the USA on Saturday and it is the purr-fect occasion to share some of the amazing records achieved by our favourite felines!
1. Longest cat
Ludo measures a whopping 118.33 cm (3 ft 10.6 in) long. He lives in Wakefield, UK with his loving owner Kelsey Gill.
Ludo is one of the oldest American breeds: a Maine Coon. The Maine Coon’s robust health and lively personality means that the breed is a popular choice for a family pet.
2. Longest jump by a cat
The longest jump by a cat is 182.88 cm (6 ft) and was achieved by Alley, owned by Samantha Martin (USA), in Austin, Texas, USA, on 27 October 2013.
3. Loudest purr by a domestic cat
The loudest purr by a domestic cat is 67.8 db(A) and was achieved by 13 year old Merlin, owned by Tracy Westwood (UK), at her home in Torquay, Devon, UK, on 2 April 2015.
4. Wealthiest cat
When Ben Rea (UK) died in May 1988, he bequeathed his £7-million ($12.5-million) fortune to Blackie, the last surviving of the 15 cats he shared his mansion with. The millionaire antiques dealer and recluse refused to recognize his family in his will and split the majority of his wealth between three cat charities, with the instruction to look after his beloved pet.
5. Most tricks performed by a cat
Super-talented Didga performed the most tricks by a cat in one minute – 24 – with her owner Robert Dollwet in Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia, on 5 Feb 2016.
Her tricks included jumping, high-fiving, spinning, rolling over and riding a skateboard.
6. Longest fur on a cat
The longest fur on a cat is 25.68 cm (10.11 in) and belongs to Sophie Smith, owned by Jami Smith (USA), as measured in Oceanside, California, USA, on 09 November 2013.
7. Shortest living domestic cat (height)
The world's shortest cat is Lilieput, a nine-year-old female munchkin cat, who measured 13.34 cm (5.25 in) from the floor to the shoulders on 19 July 2013.
She is owned by Christel Young (USA) of Napa, California, USA.
8. Longest post-earthquake survival by a cat
In December 1999, 80 days following an earthquake that struck Taiwan on 21 September, a cat was discovered alive after being trapped by a message board that had fallen during the quake and pinned the cat to ground in the rubble of a collapsed building in Taichung, Taiwan.
The cat, dehydrated and barely breathing, weighed less than half the weight of a healthy cat that size and was rushed to a veterinary hospital where it made a full recovery :)
9. Longest domestic cat (ever)
The longest domestic cat ever was Mymains Stewart Gilligan (aka Stewie) at 123 cm (48.5 in) long. He was owned by Robin Hendrickson and Erik Brandsness (USA) and was measured on 28 August 2010. Stewie passed away in January 2013.
10. Tallest domestic cat (ever)
The tallest domestic cat ever was Savannah Islands Trouble, aka "Trouble", who was 48.3 cm (19 in) tall. He was owned by Debby Maraspini (USA) and was measured at the Silver Cats Cat Show, Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, USA, on 30 October 2011. He died on 15 August 2012.
...And although this adult male liger (lion and tigress hybrid) isn't a domestic cat, we have to give Hercules a shout out for being the Largest living cat in the whole world - and definitely one of the most extraordinary.
Currently housed at Myrtle Beach Safari, a wildlife reserve in South Carolina, USA, he measures 3.33 m (131 in), stands 1.25 m (49 in) at the shoulder, and weighs 418.2 kg (922 lb).