When Stephy Hirst of Melbourne, Australia, picked up her new kitten Omar, he was the same size as the rest of his siblings.
Little did she know, however, that he would soon become a top contender for the Guinness World Record title of World’s Longest Cat.
“We were expecting a 9 kilo [19 pound] cat,” Hirst told the Maroondah Leader (via Global News).
“He got to that [length] before he was one year old, and that’s when we sort of realized that he’s not nearly done yet.”
“It’s the only meat we could find that he actually wants to eat,” Hirst said.
This big guy, however, has been banned from the bed. “He does take up a bit too much room… so he gets locked out of the bedroom at night,” Hirst explained.
When one of his photos was shared on the popular Cats of Instagram account, Omar became an instant celebrity— and that’s when Guinness World Records contacted Hirst requesting his measurements.
“All of our friends want to come over and see our cat,” Hirst told the BBC. “The say ‘is that Photoshopped?’ or ‘that can’t be real’ and then they see him in the flesh.”
In order to be considered the World’s Longest Cat, Omar will have to beat the current title-holder, another Maine Coon named Ludo from Wakefield, Yorkshire. If the reported measurements are correct, Ludo is 118.33 cm (or 46.5 inches) long — making Omar about half an inch longer.