World's longest cat 'meows' his last

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2013 06:01 hrs

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.

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