World’s Tallest Cat is Even Taller Now


Scarlett’s Magic, an F1 Savannah cat, has broken two records, according to the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records.

Scarlett’s Magic holds the records for Tallest Domestic Cat and Longest Domestic Cat. She measures 18.07 in. (45.90 cm.) tall and 42.72 inches (108.51 cm) long. Kimberly and Lee Draper own the cat, who held the previous record but broke it as she continued to grow.

According to The International Cat Association (TICA), which registers the Savannah as an Advanced New Breed, the first known Savannah was born April 7, 1986, when a female domestic cat gave birth to a kitten sired by an African Serval. TICA accepted the Savannah for registration in 2001.

Because the Savannah is a hybrid of a domestic cat and a wildcat, terms like F1, F2, and so on are used to describe how many generations a cat is removed from its wild ancestor. An F1 Savannah has one parent that was a Serval, whereas an F2 has two domestic cat parents and one Serval grandparent, and an F3 has one serval great-grandparent.

TICA considers a cat ‘purebred’ when its three-generation pedigree consists entirely of domestic cats and represents those Savannahs as SBT, or Stud Book Traditional.

The 2011 Guinness Book of World Records went on sale Sept. 15. Another cat record, Oldest Cat, was made by Creme Puff, who lived with Jerry Perry in Austin, Texas, for 38 years and 3 days.

The Savannah is apparently a popular cat this month: the November 2010 issue ofCat Fancy magazine features a profile and photo centerfold of the Savannah cat.


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