Woman claims she lives with the world's largest domestic cat

Kefir the god cat
Kefir the god cat. Image: Instagram.

Yuli Minina lives in Stary Oskol, Russia, and she claims that her now famous Maine Coon cat, Kefir, is the world's largest and I for one can't disagree with her despite the fact that, officially, in 2022, another Maine Coon was declared the world's largest by Guinness World Records. See post below:

Maine Coon 'Barivel' is the world's longest domestic cat (2022)

Kefir is bigger in my view. Guinness need to update their record! I can't see any other outcome. Kefir was the biggest even when he was a baby!

The video is from TikTok which allows downloads.

Kefir is almost as tall as Yuli's four-year-old daughter:

Woman claims she lives with the world's largest domestic cat
Image: Instagram.

Weighing 12.5kg (27.5lbs) at just one year and ten months old, the giant cat was still just considered a kitten.

Yulia explained: "I could not even think that an ordinary baby can become so big.

"He not only grew up big in appearance, he is also very smart and always behaves calmly". Behaving calmly seems to be the norm for these super-sized Maine Coons. It almost seems that the genes dictate two things simultaneously: huge size and calm character.

The picture below also from her Instagram page is the one that went viral last year and got the internet cat world gossiping. There is no question that there has never been a biggest domestic cat, ever! Something really strange happened when he was conceived. 

I'd love to know more about Kefir's parents. Are they as large? Was this a case of 'hybrid vigor'. That happens when genetic diversity in introduced in a blood line of inbreed cats.

Woman claims she lives with the world's largest domestic cat

Apparently, he gets up to all kinds of mischief such as opening doors. An interesting question might be whether he is deaf or not. White cats are often deaf as the gene that creates the white fur negatively impacts the workings of the inner ear. We are not told and because of that I believe that Kefir is not deaf.

However, there is a link between blue-eyed white cats and deafness. This is because the same gene removes pigment from the iris of the eye too.

As he has yellow eyes, it points to the good news that he has normal hearing.

Separately, I wonder how she views Russia's invasion of Ukraine? It would be nice to know.  She lives about 100 kms from the Ukraine border! I'll ask her on her Instagram page in a comment or her TikTok page.


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