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Animal lover says everyone thinks her enormous cat is a LION - and he's still growing

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<p>A family’s pet cat is so huge people often mistake him for a LION – and he’s still growing.</p><p>Murphy the Maine Coon weighs 11kg (24.3lbs) and measures a whopping 104cm (41ins) from nose to tail, a whisker away from a world record.</p><p>As Murphy is only 12 months old, he still has growing to do in his home in Worcester.</p><p>His owner Sareeta Brewin, 46, says she spends a fortune feeding him as he munches through £60 worth of dry food every month.</p><p>She has even had to buy an extra-large litter tray to accommodate Murphy’s massive bulk.</p><p>Sareeta says people often mistake him for a dog and even a lion and often tag her in posts of big cat sightings across Worcestershire. </p><p>The mum-of-three said: “Murphy is one now and we got him last November. </p><p>“He was about 13 or 14 weeks old and at that stage he was the same size as our regular cat who’s only little. </p><p>“It's like we’ve got a cat and a mouse with the size of him. She looks so small compared to him. </p><p>“Maine Coons grow until they’re about three-years-old so who knows how big Murphy is going to get, he's already the size of your average dog.</p><p>“I don’t know what I expected with him, I knew he’d be big but I didn’t expect him to be that big. Now other cats look tiny compared to him. </p><p>“People do sometimes mistake him for a dog, they also make remarks about the wild cat on the loose. </p><p>“Others say ‘bloody hell, is that a lion?’ He is very feline looking.”</p><p>Last Christmas, Murphy chewed his way through dozens of festive lights and the family’s iPhone cables which cost a total of £300 to replace.</p><p>Sareeta, a product manager in medical devices, said: “We call him Thor because he’s very handsome but he is quite dim. </p><p>“He does eat a fair bit. He goes through a £20 3kg biscuit bag a month. I'm glad he prefers the dry biscuits as it would be so expensive for the meat. </p><p>“If it was wet food it would be a fortune. </p><p>“We haven’t put up our Christmas decorations up this year yet. </p><p>“He chewed his way through 12 sets of lights last year, we had to buy reinforced cables around the house as he chews them. </p><p>“We spent an absolute fortune on them.</p><p>“I’ve even had to buy a dog carrier for him when I take him to the vets because he won’t fit in a cat carrier. </p><p>“He's like a cat and a dog. They've very much like dogs, he greets you and brings you his toys to play with. He talks and communicates. </p><p>“How Huskey's are very vocal, Maine Coons are too. He talks. </p><p>“He is still essentially a kitten, he bombs around the house and has that mad half hour. </p><p>“The dogs are a bit freaked out by him, they don’t mind him. The little cat doesn’t mind him, they do play.” </p><p>Sareeta said she’ll be keeping an extra close eye on his length in the coming years to see if he can break the record. </p><p>She added: “I’m sure we could get a few extra inches out of him but I’ll be keeping a close eye on him just in case. </p><p>“He gets bored of being held up.” </p><p>Murphy still has some catching up to do to beat world record breaking cat Stewie from Nevada, USA, who measures a whopping 123cm (48.4ins) long.</p>
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