London: The longest domestic cat in the world, measuring more than 4 feet long from nose to tail, has died in Nevada. He was 8.
Owner Robin Hendrickson said that Stewie the Cat, was surrounded by family when he succumbed to a yearlong battle with cancer on Monday evening at his Reno home, the Telegraph reported.
Guinness World Records declared Stewie the record-holder in August 2010, measuring 48.5 inches from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail.
The Maine Coon cat was a certified therapy animal, which frequently visited a Reno senior centre and helped promote animal welfare awareness with the Nevada Humane Society.
Stewie's full name was Mymains Stewart Gilligan and his owner bought him from a breeder in Hermiston, Oregon, in 2005.
Hendrickson added Stewie was diagnosed in early 2012 with Lymphosarcoma and he responded successfully to chemotherapy and was declared cancer-free, but the remission period was brief and a vet recently found another, more aggressive tumour on his kidneys.