World's shortest cat lives in Kitchener, Ont.

Guinness World Records has recognized a munchkin cat from Kitchener as the shortest living cat on the planet.

Cye officially recognized by Guinness World Records

Kitchener resident Sarah Langille, 25, has received a certificate from Guinness World Records recognizing Cye as the shortest cat on Earth. (Matthew Kang/CBC)

Guinness World Records has recognized a munchkin cat from Kitchener as the shortest living feline on the planet.

Cye is a three-year-old male munchkin cat, a breed of feline which is distinguished by its very short legs. This is said to be caused by a naturally occurring genetic mutation.

The cat officially received certification from Guinness this week.

Here is Cye standing next to things

To illustrate how small Cye really is, here he is next to a can of Dr. Pepper. 

And a pair of size 9.5 sneakers. 

And a large Tim Hortons coffee. Remember, he is not sitting. That's a standing pose.

Who takes care of Cye?

Cye's owner is Sarah Langille, 25, a hobby breeder. She says she decided to submit Cye's measurements to Guinness World Records after a friend commented that he was the shortest cat he had ever seen. 

How was Cye's height measured?

The height is officially measured by Guinness World Records from the cat's shoulders to the pads of his paws. Cye's height is 13.6 centimetres, roughly 2.2 centimetres shorter than the last cat who held the record. This is not to be confused with the length of the cat, which is measured from nose tip to tail end. 

Langille had to order a special measurement tool from the U.S. in order to be certified by Guinness World Records.

What is Cye like?

Langille describes Cye as having "a very big personality." He likes to stand up on his hind legs for fun.

"He thinks he's a person," says Langille. 

What's wrong with his eye?

Langille says Cye suffered an eye injury in an accident he had at a young age, but is otherwise healthy and very friendly. 


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