World's Longest Cat is in Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Reno cat has broken the Guinness record for
world's longest domestic cat.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that a 5-year-old Maine Coon
named Stewie measured 48½ inches from the tip of his nose to the
tip of his tail bone.

Robin Hendrickson and Erik Brandsness purchased the cat from a
breeder in Hermiston, Ore., in 2005.

The previous record holder was another Maine Coon that measured
48 inches. It was owned by Frieda Ireland of Chicago.

Hendrickson says Maine Coons are one of the oldest natural
breeds of cats and are known for their mellow, relaxed
temperaments. She says they're known as "the gentle giants" of
the cat world.

Hendrickson says she and Brandsness decided to try for the
record after hearing countless people say they were amazed by
Stewie's length.