Samson is a four-year-old Maine Coon cat who has officially been declared the largest cat in New York City. He’s four feet long and weighs 28 pounds, which is around ten pounds more than the average Maine Coon. He’s not overweight, he’s just fluffy and ‘big boned’!
“He’s the [largest] cat in the city, and I welcome any challengers to step up,” says Samson’s owner, Jonathan Zurbel, 42, of the 4-year-old purebred Maine coon, who is an impressive 4 feet in length.
Maine coons are the largest breed of felines, but even they typically average only 15 to 25 pounds for males, according to Maine Coon Fancy, a Web site dedicated to the breed.
“He plays an excellent game of fetch, and he follows me from room to room and lays nearby, much like a dog,” says Zurbel, a music producer.
But Samson draws the line at walking on a leash, which he doesn’t enjoy. Instead, Zurbel wheels him around Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in a green pet stroller.
Samson has become a star in his own right thanks to his incredible size, He even has his own Instagram account with nearly 50,000 followers! He may even be the world’s largest cat; the former Guinness World Record holder was another Maine Coon named Stewie who measured in at 4.04 feet before he passed away in 2013.
Maine Coons are known for their high levels of intelligence and loyalty to their family. They are easy to train and stay playful as adults. It’s been noted that they have a fascination with water, which could have a lot to do with their ancestry aboard ships.