Record-hold­ing cats miss­ing, feared dead af­ter fire

The Gulf Today - - Americas -

CHICAGO: The world’s tallest cat and a fel­low fe­line whose tail was the long­est ever recorded were both feared dead Mon­day af­ter a ire de­stroyed their own­ers’ home in the United States.

Cygnus, a Maine Coon cat with a shim­mer­ing 17.5 inch (44.5 cen­time­ters) tail, and his gi­ant house­mate Arc­turus have been miss­ing since Sun­day morn­ing’s ire in a sub­urb of Detroit.

Their own­ers Will and Lau­ren Pow­ers have asked neigh­bors to look out for the pair and are still hold­ing out hope that they might have es­caped in time, but fear the worst.

“We have lost lit­er­ally ev­ery­thing. The house is gone,” Will Pow­ers wrote in a Face­book post.

“I tried to save the cats but couldn’t ind them be­fore I was over­come with smoke. We are nearly sure all per­ished.” Cygnus and Arc­turus − a two-year-old Sa­van­nah cat mea­sur­ing 20.1 inches (53.6 cm) − be­came celebri­ties af­ter be­ing rec­og­nized by Guin­ness World Records.

The Pow­ers run a cat shel­ter in Detroit and have set up a fundrais­ing page in the name of Cygnus and Arc­turus − which has so far raised more than $2,500.

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