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Cat Sets New World Record for Longest Fur

Sophie Smith's fur measures just over 10 inches at its longest point. Guinness World Records

It's about 10 inches long at the tail. Me-wow!

A furry feline has set a new record for the longest fur on a cat, Guinness World Records announced in a web post this week.

Sophie Smith, a 2-year-old cat from California, has surpassed the late Colonel Meow‘s old record by more than an inch. Her tail fur is 25.68 centimeters (10.11 inches) at its longest point.

Sophie’s mew-teoric rise to fame came from humble beginnings. Her owner Jami Smith 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.

Internet users celebrating World Cat Day today, Aug. 8, should find this story particularly a-mewsing.

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