There is something undeniably endearing about a fat cat. But this cat takes that concept to a whole new level. Weighing in at an astounding 28 pounds, this family’s feline needs to eat six cans of cat food every day to maintain its massive girth. But this cat isn’t just fat. It is part of a breed called the Maine Coon that is inherently large.
Named for the state where it resides, it is one of the oldest native cat breeds found on the North American continent. And while this one is extraordinary at 28 pounds, on average, these cats weigh between 15 and 25 pounds.
The cat we’re eager to introduce you to today is a Maine Coon named Samson. And because of his massive size, he is making other cats in the breed look like runts.
Now four-years-old, Samson measures four-feet long and weights 28 pounds. And right now he holds the record as the longest cat in the state of New York. And it is quite possible that he is the longest domestic cat in the whole world – the jury is still out on that one.
Johnathan Zurbel, a 24-year-old music producer, living in Brooklyn, adopted Samson. He fell in love with the massive Maine Coon and adopted him and brought him home. His life has never been the same since. With a cat as big as Samson living in his tiny Brooklyn apartment, things get pretty tight. While the cat had first lived with Zurbel’s older brother, life changed, and Samson needed a new home. That’s when Zurbel took up the responsibility of caring for the longest cat in New York.
When he was younger, Samson was not extraordinary. As late as 2015, he was just average in size for a Maine Coon cat. He weighed “just” 19 pounds. But then Samson went through a growth spurt. And his body weight great by half and his length kept growing and growing.
Now that he is off the charts, Samson is a very big cat. But Zurbel doesn’t like when people call his feline friend fat. Samson is large, but not disproportionately overweight. As some might say, he is bid boned.
Zurbel needs a team of people to help him care for the huge feline. Samson’s groomer Carolyn Ayal told The New York Post about caring for the Maine Coon.
“He is genuinely long, broad, heavy and strong. He’s big and well-proportioned. He’s a real big Maine Coon. I have groomed many obese cats but (he’s) not the same. He is the Fabio of cats.”
Zurbel loves his feline friend. He says that because of his size, Samson acts more like a dog than a domesticated cat.
“He plays an excellent game of fetch, and he follows me from room to room and lies nearby, much like a dog.”
But Samson refuses to wear a leash as a dog would. He has some standards he refuses to cross. Instead, Samson prefers to be strolled around like an infant.
“He gets a lot of attention from strangers. He draws a crowd. People’s reactions are often ‘Holy s***! Is that a cat? That’s a lion! Is it a bobcat?’”
What’s your reaction to Samson?