Stewie, the world’s longest domestic cat who measured 48.5 inches (more than 4 feet) has died at the age of 8 after succumbing to a year-long battle against cancer.
Hundreds of fans flocked to his Facebook page and left their messages of condolences and relived their memories of him.
The Maine Coon cat was not only popular because of his impressive size, but he was also a certified therapy animal. Stewie frequently visited a Reno senior center and helped to promote animal welfare awareness with the Nevada Humane Society.
Owner Robin Hendrickson said he was at home, surrounded by his family when he lost his battle against Lymphosarcoma, which is a malignant disease of lymphoid tissues.
He was declared the world’s longest domestic cat (measured from tip of nose to tip of tail) by Guinness World Records in August of 2010.
“Stewie was always very social and loved meeting new people…He has touched many lives, and for that I am grateful.”
Hendrickson bought the cat from a breeder in Hermiston, Oregon and his full name is Mymains Stewart Gilligan but everyone knew him as Stewie the Cat! Despite not being in the best of health, Stewie attended the International Cat Show in Portland, Oregon last month and according to entry clerk Valerie Horton, he still did really well.
Horton said; “He loved being there because he loved the public. He always did.”
Stewie was diagnosed with Lymphosarcoma early on in 2012, he responded well to the chemotherapy and was declared cancer-free. However his remission period was very brief as recently his vet discovered 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.”
Guinness has yet to respond with details about the cat that has become Stewie’s successor.