A 2-year-old rescue cat whose furry face and “epic frown” made him Internet famous is now a world record holder.
With his 9-inch long fur, Colonel Meow easily secured a place in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the cat with the longest fur.
"We already knew that he was the best cat in the world, but to be recognized in the Guinness World Records book takes it to the next level," Anne Marie Avey, one of his owners, told Guinness.
Avey and Eric Rosario adopted the Himalayan-Persian crossbreed from a Los Angeles animal shelter. They began posting pictures and videos of the fluffy feline online, framing him as a scotch-loving dictator, and were surprised by how quickly he rose to fame.
Today, Colonel Meow has more than 180,000 Facebook fans and almost 74,000 Instagram followers.
Despite his sudden stardom, Avey and Rosario still have trouble believing that their cat is beloved for the fur that sometimes drives them crazy.
"Literally everything in the house has hair on it, including us! I feel like I'm always vacuuming," said Avey.
Although Avey knew Colonel Meow had long hair — and a lot of it — she didn’t realize she’d adopted a potential world record holder until the Guinness Book of World Records contacted her.
To secure his title, Colonel Meow had to have three different vets independently measure 10 of his hairs.
"Colonel Meow is being groomed for stardom, and I know the furry feline will be a big hit with readers," Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said in a statement. "He's an incredible creature, and he'll undoubtedly inspire people all around to the world to whip out their rulers and start measuring their own cat's fur."
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