Feb 072013

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Stewie the cat, who measured 48.5 inches long, has died at the age of 8 after a battle with cancer. The Maine Coon cat, whose full name was Mymains Stewart Gilligan, passed away around 7:30pm on Monday at his owner’s home in Reno, Nevada.

Guinness World Records declared Stewie, named for the character from Family Guy, the world’s longest cat in August 2010, measuring 4 feet from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail. His owner, Robin Hendrickson bought him from a breeder in Hermiston, Ore., in 2005.   They had no idea that he would become a large and long feline. The average cat spans 18 inches (1.5 ft and Stewie is 4 ft), but Ms Hendrickson said that Maine Coons are known as ‘the gentle giants’ of the cat world.

Though known for his phenomenal length, the furry friend visited sick and hurting people in his role as a therapy cat. He was also a regular on the cat show circuit.  He will be missed by many.

Stewie was diagnosed in early 2012 with Lymphosarcoma, a malignant disease of the lymphoid tissues. He responded successfully to chemotherapy and was declared cancer-free, but the remission period was brief and a vet recently found another, more aggressive tumour 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,” Robin said.

I have placed this blog under the category of “Warm and Fuzzy,” because even though the content is sad, Stewie brought warm and fuzzies as a therapy cat.  I hope to include more good feeling posts in the future.  Paula.

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