World Record for Longest Fur on a Cat (Photos)

Longest Fur on a Cat

photo: Sophie Social Media

Check out this Guinness World Record for Longest Fur on a Cat ...see the record breaking tail fur here . . .

Cats are known for their soft and fluffy fur, and some of them have even made it to the Guinness World Records for their exceptional fur length. One such feline, named “Sophie Smith”, holds the record for the longest fur on a cat. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this remarkable cat as well as the prior world record holder for the “Longest Fur” title.

Sophie Smith, a 2-year-old cat at the time from California, set the record for Longest Fur on a Cat.  She surpassed the late Colonel Meow‘s old record by more than an inch in November of 2014.  Her tail fur is 25.68 centimeters (10.11 inches) at its longest point.

Sophie’s record breaking tail hair

Sophie Tail Fur
photo: Sophie Social Media
Jami Smith (Sophie’s owner and an animal lover who volunteers at her local dog rescue shelter) explained how she first met and ended up caring for Sophie following a chance encounter with strangers.  Sophie’s rise to fame came from humble beginnings. Jami told Guinness World Records that she was out for a walk one day when some men pulled up with a truck, held out a paper bag and asked if she wanted a kitten.  “I walked over, took the bag, opened it up and sure enough there was a tiny kitten inside the bag crying,” she said.

Sophie as a Kitten

Sophie as a Kitten

Sophie Smith resides in Oceanside, California, in the U.S.

Longest Cat Fur
photo: Sophie Social Media
Sophie’s furry achievement passed the former record holder Colonel Meow as the prior world record holder for longest fur.  The Himalayan-Persian cross-breed had fur that reached 22.87cm (9in) and was featured in the Guinness World Records 2014 book.

Colonel Meow (prior record holder for longest fur)

Colonel Meow
photo: Guinness World Records
Colonel Meow was a Himalayan-Persian crossbreed who lived in Los Angeles, California. He was adopted from a shelter by his owner, Anne Marie Avey, in 2011, and soon became an internet sensation thanks to his unique appearance. Colonel Meow had a long and thick fur coat that required a lot of grooming to keep it in good condition. He quickly gained a following on social media, with thousands of fans eager to see pictures of his majestic fur.

In 2014, Colonel Meow was officially recognized by the Guinness World Records as the cat with the longest fur. His fur measured 9 inches (22.87 cm) long on average, with some hairs reaching up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) in length. To put this in perspective, the average cat fur length is between 1 and 2 inches (2.54-5.08 cm). Colonel Meow’s fur was so long and thick that he often looked like a fluffy, black cloud.

Maintaining Colonel Meow’s fur was no easy feat. His owner, Anne Marie Avey, had to brush him for hours every day to prevent matting and tangling. She also had to bathe him regularly and trim his fur around his eyes and ears to ensure that he could see and hear properly. Despite the amount of work that went into grooming Colonel Meow, his owner enjoyed every moment of it. She said that Colonel Meow’s fur was like his superpower and made him stand out from other cats.


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