The world’s biggest cat, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is actually determined two different ways. The world’s tallest domestic cat is awarded to the cat with the largest height, measured from top of the shoulder to paw. The world’s longest domestic cat is awarded to the cat with the greatest length, measured from nose to tail, and it’s usually not the same cat!
The World’s Longest Domestic Cat
Stewie, a gray tabby Maine Coon, holds the record for world’s longest domestic cat. His full name is Mymains Stewart Gilligan and he measured 48.5 inches long (123 cm). That’s more than four feet long! Sadly, Stewie passed away in 2013 of cancer at only eight years of age. Stewie was a very friendly cat who loved people.
Stewie replaced previous record holder Scarlett’s Magic, who is a leopard-printed Savannah cat. A Savannah cat is a cross between a Serval cat and a domestic cat. Scarlett’s Magic measured 42.72 inches in length (108.51 cm). She has a sweet temperament and often visits schools, libraries, and retirement homes.
There’s been some speculation that Ludo, another Maine Coon, may eventually pass up Stewie’s record. Ludo is already 45 inches long at only 17 months of age.
The World’s Tallest Domestic Cat
The world’s tallest cat, according to Guinness, is Trouble, a cat who measures 19 inches from shoulder to tail. Trouble was also a Savannah cat. Sadly, Trouble passed away in 2012 at only four years old.
Trouble replaced the previous record holder, Scarlett’s Magic, who was also once named the world’s longest domestic cat. Scarlett measured 18.07 inches (45.9 cm) from shoulder to toe.
The World’s Largest Living Cat
If you want to extend the competition beyond domestic cats, take a look at the world’s largest living cat. This designation goes to the appropriately named cat Hercules, who is an adult male liger. A liger has a lion father and a tiger mother. Hercules lives in South Carolina and is 131 inches long (3.33 meters), 49 inches tall (1.25 meters), and 922 pounds! Interestingly, tigons – who have lion moms and tiger dads – tend to be much smaller in size than ligers.
Getting Your Own Large Cat
Want your own large domestic cat? The biggest breeds include Maine coons, Savannah cats, Chausie cats, and Norwegian Forest cats, just to name a few. However, getting into the Guinness Book of World Records isn’t easy. Your cat must be measured by a veterinarian, and you’ll have to document the size in photos and videos. You’ll also need to send in affidavits. The process can be long, but if your cat beats out the competition, you’ll have your own personal celebrity!