Caturday felid trifecta: Cat with the world’s longest tail, surprise kittens, and mewing kitten saved from Hurricane Harvey

I’m sure you’ve wondered which cat has the world’s longest tail. Well, according to the 2018 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, it’s Cygnus!:

The honorees include a cat from Ferndale, Michigan, named Cygnus that boasts a tail that stretches more than 17 inches (46 centimeters). It set the world record for longest tail on a domestic cat.

Look at that tail! Is that a cat or a squirrel?

More photos of Cygnus from a tw**t:


I posted a tw**t of this the other day, but here’s the full YouTube video posted at TheMindCircle. It shows what happened when a couple from Houston, out on a hike, ran into four abandoned kittens. Needless to say, this story has a happy ending:

The video maker added a note that this video is a year old and all four kittens have found loving homes.


Finally, from the ever-reliable site Love Meow, we hear of a nice man who rescued a crying kitten from the rising flood waters in Houston after Hurricane Harvey:

Gregory Pletcher, Austin Summers and Cameron Shiakh went back on a boat to the flooded areas to help animals and humans alike. “We were making our way through an apartment complex when we heard a cat meowing,” Gregory told Love Meow.

They thought it was coming from a ground level apartment that was under 2ft of water. As they got closer to the source of the cries, Cameron pointed at the car hood.

The doors were locked. “There was no way to get to the cat without breaking a window.”

After several attempts to break the window to no avail, Gregory asked Austin to get him his toolbox from a storage compartment.

“As we were standing in waist deep water, I asked Austin to hand me my boat anchor. With one good swing of the anchor I was able to bust a hole in the window,” Gregory told Love Meow.

They unlocked the door, popped the car hood open and found the kitten on top of the manifold cover. “I grabbed him before he had a chance to crawl down between anything and set him in the boat.”

“Once I crawled back in the boat I picked him up and set him down inside my life vest. He rode in there for about an hour before he calmed and became comfortable enough to come out and explore.”

The kitten was of course named Harvey, and has been adopted by Pletcher’s daughter.

h/t: Jon, Heather, Grania


  1. Posted September 16, 2017 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Is it likely that Cygnus has extra vertebrae in its tail?

  2. Posted September 16, 2017 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    And some folks actually believe that Trump was out there saving kittens after the hurricane:

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted September 16, 2017 at 11:04 am | Permalink

      Would that be those same folks who believe just about anything? Of course it would.

      • Posted September 16, 2017 at 11:06 am | Permalink

        Yes indeed, and sadly that group includes a fair portion of my relatives.

        • Claudia Baker
          Posted September 16, 2017 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

          Ya, like those big strong hands and that slim body resemble Trump in any way.

          • Posted September 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

            Details, details; no doubt the mainstream media is out to get him with fake news. He really is slender and strong with big hands, but the MSM photo shops everything.

  3. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted September 16, 2017 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    How controlled is the anatomy of a cat’s tail? To get a section of spine to be longer, you either need to increase the number of vertebrae, or lengthen them. Both can happen (snakes can go up to a metric shipload of vertebrae, while giraffe vertebrae are the antelope standard of IIRC 7, just very big), but does anyone know what is happening here?

  4. BJ
    Posted September 16, 2017 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    I wonder which Cygnus the cat is named after. I’m really hoping his human servant is a huge Rush fan.

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