Caturday felid trifecta: A Ginormous cat, ninja cats, and a jerk cat

I saw the Aussie cat Omar on the news the other day, and was amazed. He’s huge! And he eats raw kangaroo meat!

As the BBC reports:

Omar was the same size as all the other kittens in his litter when he was taken home by his owner Stephy Hirst in 2013.

But now the 120cm (3ft 11in) Maine Coon from Melbourne, Australia, could be the world’s longest domestic cat.

After the supersized feline found internet fame to match, Ms Hirst said Guinness World Records contacted her to send in his measurements.

The current record-holder is a 118cm (3ft 10.5in) Maine Coon from Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

Ms Hirst started a social media account for Omar two weeks ago and one of her photos was shared on the Cats of Instagram account more than 270,000 times.

The usually placid pet has since been featured in major Australian newspapers and on national TV.

“He hasn’t really been coping with all the attention,” Ms Hirst told the BBC. “He had a little bit of a meltdown this morning.”

Omar typically rises at 05:00, eats a couple of scoops of dry cat food for breakfast, lounges around the house, plays in the backyard, naps on the trampoline and eats raw kangaroo meat for dinner.

“We buy human-grade kangaroo meat at the supermarket,” Ms Hirst said. “It’s the only meat we could find that he actually wants to eat.”

The overgrown pet has lots of personality and leaves lots of hair around the house.

Weighing in at 14kg (31lb), Omar is too heavy to regularly pick up. Ms Hirst has to use a dog crate to take him to the vet.

“He does take up a bit too much room on the bed so he gets locked out of the bedroom at night,” she said.

That’s horrible! Who wouldn’t want to sleep with a 31-pound cat???

Here’s a longer version (pardon the pun):



The Cheezburger site has some nice gifs of “10 ninja cats caught in slow motion“, showing their incredible grace and athleticism. Here’s a sample of three:


And a cat that’s a jerk (h/t: Barry):


  1. Posted May 20, 2017 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    I wouldn’t want to clean Omar’s litter box!

    • Randy schenck
      Posted May 20, 2017 at 9:36 am | Permalink

      Maybe with a scoop shovel. That is what they call it on the farm.

  2. DrBrydon
    Posted May 20, 2017 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    I love how that kid knew exactly what the jerk cat had done. “He tripped me!”

  3. Sshort
    Posted May 20, 2017 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Besides the balletic athleticism, what strikes me most about the ninja cats, and most cats, is the mind-bending efficiency of their leaps. Just enough energy expended to do the job. Nothing wasted. The way they can look at a ledge or a table for a second and then virtually levitate to the spot. Birds aren’t that graceful, flapping away like mad to control a landing.

    The cat’s keen eyesight and stealthy qualities make them fearsome hunters, but the conservation of movement and energy puts them over the top.

    • jwthomas
      Posted May 20, 2017 at 10:33 am | Permalink


    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted May 20, 2017 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

      Yes, and that leap over the mattress is amazing.


  4. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted May 20, 2017 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    I want to know how it’s possible to measure the length of a Maine Coon to within 1 cm.

    • Draken
      Posted May 20, 2017 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

      Perhaps you can, but only within an inch of your life.

  5. Draken
    Posted May 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I saw the Aussie cat Omar on the news the other day, and was amazed. He’s huge! And he eats raw kangaroo

    Holy crap, that’s terrifying!


    Oh. Well. Bummer.

  6. BJ
    Posted May 20, 2017 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Woman adopts 21 year old cat abandoned by his owners in his dying months to give him the love, care, and dignity he deserves forever before passing on.

    This article is so sweet. Remember people: when you adopt a cat, always go to a shelter, and always adopt an adult, as adults are usually abandoned (and thus have gone from having big, loving homes and families to a 3×3 cage with no love at all) and have almost no prospect of being adopted (people usually want kittens).

    Do the right thing. Adopt an abandoned adult cat today!

    • Laurance
      Posted May 21, 2017 at 7:38 am | Permalink

      That’s exactly what I intend to do! Our dear old cat died of cancer, well, was euthanized because her cancer had progressed to that point, and it’s getting on time to have another cat or cats plural here.

      I’m 75 now. And I do not want to start with a kitten (but they get euthanized, too, when not enough people want them) because the cat would outlive me.

      I want that old cat that nobody wants because they want kittens. I want the two or three aging cats who have always lived together and should not be separated. It’s time. I need catness in this house!

  7. rickflick
    Posted May 20, 2017 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    The beauty of cats is their marvelous flexibility and athleticism. It’s a shear pleasure to see them do what we only wish we could do.

  8. Posted May 20, 2017 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    What’s the best way to educate a cat? We don’t know how to handle my girlfriend’s cat.

    In the middle of the night, out of nowhere he just wakes us up bitting us. The only we know to make him stop is to throw him water with “vaporizer”. Sadly, this does not prevent him for doing again. He always is a difficult to handle, not just in the middle of the night. He looks like have a off bit and then something happens that turn the bit on and he starts doing his bad behaviour of bitting/attacking people. It’s not just with me, she (the owner)is his favorite target.
    Any advice?

    • Posted May 20, 2017 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

      BY vaporizer, I didn’t mean the water is hot. It’s not. It’s just a spray of water that might be used to put water in plants.

  9. Laurance
    Posted May 21, 2017 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    That big cat is wonderful – I always wanted a big big big cat – but look at the size of the cat’s head. Yes, I know it’s closer to the camera than the woman’s head, but is is possible that this picture has been photoshopped to some extent?

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