The world's longest cat died at the age of eight after a long battle with cancer, Inquisitr reports Feb. 5.
Stewie, a maine coon cat from Reno, Nev. was 48.5 inches long. His owner, Richard Hendrickson, said his beloved pet died Monday.
Stewie was a certified therapy animal and often paid visits to the local senior center.
In 2010 Stewie was named the world's longest cat by the Guinness Book of Records after he was measured from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail.
The impressive cat was purchased by Hendrickson from a breeder in Oregon back in 2005. Hendrickson added that Stewie was surrounded by family when he died.
“Stewie was always very social and loved meeting new people," Hendrickson said. "He has touched many lives, and for that I am grateful.”
Stewie had a disease in his lymphoid tissues called Lymphosarcoma. He was treated with chemo and went into remission. Soon after, he had a malignant tumor 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.”
Although Stewie lived a relatively short life for a feline, he lived well being the world's longest cat.