Sophie, a 2-year-old cat from Oceanside, California, recently set a new record for longest fur on a cat. At its longest point, the fur on her tail measures 10.11 inches.

The title was previously held by Colonel Meow, the Internet-famous cat that was known for his love of scotch and disdain for dogs.

Colonel Meow, who passed away in January, had 9-inch long fur.

Sophie's owner, Jami Smith, had no plans to adopt a cat when Sophie came into her life.

"I was out walking my dog one Sunday afternoon when a truck drove up with a couple of guys in it," she told Guinness World Records. "They stopped and held a small paper bag out of the window and asked if I wanted a kitten."

The guys told Smith that someone had left the kitten on their doorstep and they were looking for someone to take care of it.

"I wanted to make sure it was safe and cared for, so I told them I would take it."

Smith considered taking the 3-week-old cat to the local animal shelter where she volunteered, but she said that idea only lasted a few minutes because she fell in love with Sophie.

The tiny kitten required medical attention and bottle-feeding, but Smith nursed Sophie back to health, and as the kitten grew, so did her fur.

Smith said she'd often joke that Sophie's fur had to be some kind of record, but one day she looked up the world record holder and then measured Sophie's fur.

The feline wasn’t very cooperative, but Smith finally managed to take a ruler to Sophie's tail while she slept.

When she realized that some of Sophie's fur was longer than Colonel Meow's, she made an appointment at her veterinarian where some of Sophie's fur was removed and measured with witnesses on hand to verify the proceedings.

Not long after, Sophie was officially named a Guinness World Record holder.

"There are so many cats and dogs in the world that are thrown away every day that are just as special in their own way as my Sophie," Smith said. "I thank God she was handed to me."

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Laura Moss writes about a variety of topics with a focus on animals, science, language and culture. But she mostly writes about cats.

Cat sets new world record for longest fur
With fur measuring more than 10 inches long, Sophie now holds the world record for longest fur on a cat, a title that previously belonged to Colonel Meow.