Stewie the world's longest cat dies in Nevada

Feb 05, 2013 by Scott Sonner
In this file photo taken July 1, 2009, Robin Henderson stretches out her Maine Coon cat Stewie outside of her home in Reno, Nev. The Reno owner of the longest domestic cat in the world says Stewie died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 after a yearlong battle with cancer. 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. (AP Photo/Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

(AP)—Stewie the Cat, the longest domestic cat in the world at more than 4 feet (1.2 meters) long from nose to tail, has died.

Stewie was surrounded by family when he succumbed to a yearlong battle with cancer Monday evening at his Reno home, owner Robin Hendrickson said Tuesday. He was 8.

declared Stewie the record-holder in August 2010, measuring 48.5 inches (1.23 meters) from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail.

Hundreds of fans flooded Stewie's Facebook site with memories and condolences Tuesday. The Maine Coon cat was a certified therapy animal that frequently visited a Reno senior center and helped promote animal welfare awareness with the Nevada Humane Society.

"Stewie was always very social and loved meeting new people," Hendrickson said. "He has touched many lives, and for that I am grateful."

Stewie's full name was Mymains Stewart Gilligan. Hendrickson bought him from a breeder in Hermiston, Oregon, in 2005. Last month, he attended the International Cat Show in Portland, Oregon.

"He did really well at the show, even though he wasn't feeling totally perfect," said Valerie Horton, the show's entry clerk. "He loved being there because he loved the public. He always did."

Officials for Guinness World Records did not immediately respond to inquiries about a successor to Stewie's record. The previous record-holder, Leo, a 48-inch(1.21-meter)-long Maine Coon owned by Frieda Ireland of Chicago, died several years ago.

Stewie was diagnosed in early 2012 with Lymphosarcoma, a malignant disease of the . He responded successfully to and was declared cancer-free, but the remission period was brief and a vet recently found another, more aggressive tumor on his kidneys, Hendrickson said.

"I knew that although we could fight it, the end was near and so I wanted to simply make him comfortable and let him enjoy the time he did have," she said.

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kochevnik
2.3 / 5 (6) Feb 05, 2013
Look at all the entrails, tumors and rotting meat pet food processors dump into those tins. Of course pet cancers will be even more numerous than their owners
extremity
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 05, 2013
Poor kitty... The internet will mourn the death of the real-life longcat.

axemaster
4 / 5 (4) Feb 05, 2013
I find peace in the knowledge that he is with Ceiling Cat now...
obama_socks
2.4 / 5 (7) Feb 05, 2013
Cats make terrific pets. A litter box kept clean, an abundant supply of food and fresh water, and an occasional piece of roasted chicken from the dinner table, and they are in their glory.
The ones I have owned always seemed to know when they needed to leave me alone for awhile, until I was ready to receive their loving attention. My ex-wife has two cats who love me every time I drop by for a visit and run to greet me.
Cats are very demanding for attention and love, but they need their private space also to perform their toilette. They are also quite jealous of each other and seem to count how many pats on the head the other has received so as to receive the same amount or more. I have had to place my hand in between the two so that both understand that there is to be positively no angry outbursts of clawing each other.
A gentle hand is very reassuring to cats. They also are less demanding than dogs who must be put on a leash and taken outdoors to do their business, rain or shine.
obama_socks
2.6 / 5 (5) Feb 05, 2013
I find peace in the knowledge that he is with Ceiling Cat now...

Poor kitty... The internet will mourn the death of the real-life longcat.



Yes, he is in a better place now, free of the cares of the world.
Caliban
2 / 5 (4) Feb 05, 2013
If Physorg decides to take their cue from facebook and starts publishing loads of goddam catpieces, then I'm afraid I'll be saying au revoir.

There is nothing I hate more than every-other-post "cute animals".

Feh!
BSD
3 / 5 (6) Feb 06, 2013
Native birds will be safer.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 12, 2013
Pussytard
The ones I have owned always seemed to know when they needed to leave me alone for awhile, until I was ready to receive their loving attention. My ex-wife has two cats who love me every time I drop by for a visit and run to greet me. Cats are very demanding for attention and love, but they need their private space also to perform their toilette. They are also quite jealous of each other and seem to count how many pats on the head the other has received so as to receive the same amount or more. I have had to place my hand in between the two so that both understand that there is to be positively no angry outbursts of clawing each other. A gentle hand is very reassuring to cats. They also are less demanding than dogs who must be put on a leash and taken outdoors to do their business, rain or shine.
What makes you think anyone cares about this shit? More stream-of-unconsciousness from a selfish, self-centered wetbrain.