‘He’s a monster’: Farmington Hills cat sets Guinness World Record for size

‘Any local Detroit shelter that would like to borrow him to do any sort of fundraiser event, I’m down’

A house cat in Farmington Hills has literally grown its way right into the record books. The Guinness Book of World Records says Fenrir is the tallest domestic cat in the world.

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – A house cat in Farmington Hills has literally grown its way right into the record books.

Fenrir is the tallest living domestic cat in the world, measured at a whopping 18.8 inches.

“This is the record holder here,” said owner Dr. William Powers. “This is Fenrir. He’s the world’s biggest domestic cat.”

“He is a monster,” Powers said. “He’s a really good boy. You can hold him like a baby.”

However, the Guinness World Record holder is following in the footsteps of an older sibling who sadly is no longer with us.

“Arcturus record is 19.05,” Powers said. “That’s the cat I had that held the all-time world record; This is his full brother.”

Unfortunately, a house fire back in 2017 led to Arcturus’ death. Along with the death of its brother Cygnus, the record holder for cat with the longest tail.

But Powers has found ways to utilize his newer fur babies as therapy cats in his office that’s unlike any other in Farmington Hills.

“I take care of the LGBTQ population,” said Powers. “I’m an HIV specialist. I take care of transgender people and just general health as a family doctor. I couldn’t find anybody that was willing to hire me, so I decided to open my own sandbox. Having my cats around all day, it doesn’t feel like work.”

And in more ways than one, the cats are just like their older siblings. As the former president of the Ferndale Cat Shelter, Dr. Powers was once able to use them to raise over $40,000 for the facility. Now he’s extending an invite for any others to do the same.

“Any local Detroit shelter that would like to borrow him to do any sort of fundraiser event, like basically take a picture for $5 with the Guinness Book of World Record cat, and it goes to the shelter to raise funds for Detroit cats, I’m down.”


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