Colonel Meow Holds Record For The World's Furriest: What Cat Breed Has the Longest Fur? [VIDEO]

By Danny Choy on August 30, 2013 11:34 AM EDT

Colonel Meow
Colonel Meow is the world's furriest cat, according to Guinness World Records. (Photo: Facebook / colonelmeowinthecit)

Colonel Meow holds the Guinness world record for a cat with the longest fur. In the internet age where fads explode and fade away overnight (planking? Gangnam Style?), the cat obsession is here to stay and Colonel Meow is now the internet's newest star.

According to the Guinness world records, three independent vets must each measure 10 strands of Colonel Meow's hair to calculate an average length. The figure will then be sent to Guinness for certification. According to the officials, Colonel Meow's fur averages a length of nine inches, long enough to get this fuzzy ball into the record books.

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"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," said Colonel Meow's owner, Anne Marie Avey of Los Angeles.

"His fur is so epic -- it takes two of us to properly brush him," Avey and co-owner Eric Rosario said. "Literally everything in the house has hair on it, including us! I feel like I'm always vacuuming!"

Why exactly does Colonel Meow has such long fur? The cuddly pet is a two-year-old Himalayan-Persian, a mix bred from two of the furriest breeds of domestic cats. Other long haired felines include the Kurilian Bobtail, the Maine Coon cat, and the Norweigian Forest cat.

However, in the highly competitive world of kitty stardom, Colonel Meow's rise to the top will make him a target for other ambitious felines.

"Colonel Meow is being groomed for stardom, and I know the furry feline will be a big hit with readers," said Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday. "He's an incredible creature, and he'll undoubtedly inspire people all around the world to whip out their rulers and start measuring their own cat's fur."

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