Domestic cats make brilliant companion animals, entertaining us with their cute and quirky habits. They outnumber dogs in popularity in the UK, USA and many European countries, but only a handful of the millions of cats worldwide will make it into the Guinness Book of Records.
Read on to discover tons of amazing feline record breakers, from the oldest to the lightest to the most well travelled. Find out how many mice the world’s best mouser dispatched and how much the richest cat in history inherited from his owner…
- The oldest living cat is Kataleena, a Burmese who lives in Melbourne, Australia. While the average house cat has a life expectancy of 9 to 15 years, Kataleena will be celebrating her 35th birthday in 2012. In America, another house cat named Creme Puff was last recorded at an incredible 38, however it’s unclear whether Creme Puff is still alive.
- Another cat from down under called Himmy set the record for the world’s heaviest cat. The hefty feline weighed in at 21.2 kg. Being overweight led to his untimely death at the age of ten. This particular category has rightly been removed from the Guinness Book of Records to discourage people from intentionally overfeeding their cats. (Incidentally zooplus can recommend the Hill’s ‘light’ diets for porky felines).
- The world’s lightest cat was a slip of a Blue Point Himalayan named Tinker Toy. She lived in America and weighed only 820 grams. Sadly Tinker Toy died in 1997.
- The world’s smallest cat was discovered in Illinois, USA. Mr. Peebles is 15.5 cm high and weighs 1.3 kilograms. His diminuitive stature is due to a genetic defect in his back.
- A cat named Dusty holds the record for the most offspring produced in her lifetime. Over the years she gave birth to an astonishing 420 kittens!
- Cat’s always land on their feet right? The longest non-fatal fall for a cat is held by Andy, who fell from the 16th floor (200 feet) of an apartment building.
- The world’s richest cat lives in England. Lucky cat Blackie was left £15 million in his owner’s will! It is not known exactly how Blackie spent the money but it’s safe to say he is now living in the lap of luxury.
- Think you have too many cats? The record for the most cats in a single household was set by a couple in Canada. They claimed to have 689 felines living at their property. Just imagine the kitty litter bill!
- The record for most well travelled cat goes to a little stow-away named Hamlet. He escaped from his carrier on a flight to Canada and was found behind a panel seven weeks later after clocking up approximately 600,000 kilometres in air miles.
- According to the Guinness Book of Records a cat called Towser holds the record for most mice caught. In his lifetime from 1963 to 1987 he dispatched 28,988 mice. For his “service” to the distillery where he worked he was honoured with his very own statue.
Does your cat have a special talent or noteworthy achievements you’d like to share? Do you know about any other interesting cat records? Tell us below!