Is Hornchurch moggy Ginge the biggest in the world?
PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 December 2015
At 40in long, 18in tall and weighing 10kg Ginge's owner thinks he is "probably amongst the largest cats in the world".
But, rather than prowling forest floors, arid desert or snow filled lands this over-sized moggy is ruling the roost in Hornchurch.
The five-year-old Siberian forest cat was purchased for owner, Danny Bennett, by a former girlfriend with little warning about how large he would grow.
Danny, 47, said: “He was just a normal sized cat. I had no idea he would get this big.
“Every time people came here or we took him to the vets people were amazed by how big he was.”
Danny takes Ginge out of the house on a harness and lead.
“Trying to control a cat that’s the size of a medium dog is a bit difficult,” he said.
Normal domestic cats, which weigh in at about 3.6-4.5kg, would be dwarfed by Ginge but among his breed he may have competition – the cats are known for being strong, stocky and powerfully built.
Danny said: “He’s a big old cat. I looked on the internet and one cat in America was said to be one of the biggest in the world and he was lighter than Ginge.”
Danny described Ginge as a “very nice gentle cat” but, he has does not shy away from chasing his dreaded foe – the fox – from the garden.
“He has a particular hatred of foxes. He gets them out of the garden in a blink of an eye,” Danny added.
Weighing in 10kg, about the same weight as a two-year-old child, Ginge enjoys the odd Mcdonald’s beef burger.
But is he the biggest cat in the world? Danny said: “The biggest in the world? I don’t know. Some might be longer, a bit lighter or a bit heavier. He’s probably one of the biggest around.”