Hills couple requests shelter donations in memory of world record cats

Less than a week after appearing on a nationally syndicated talk show, a Farmington Hills couple is grieving the loss of their famous, world record-holding cats.

Will and Lauren Powers believe that Cygnus, Arcturus, and Sirius, perished in a Sunday morning fire that also destroyed the couple’s home.

Cygnus qualified for the 2018 Guinness Book of World Records for his tail length, 17.58 inches, and Arcturus, at 19.05 inches, is the world’s tallest domestic cat. They¬†appeared November 8 on ABC-TV’s “Pickler & Ben”.

The couple lost everything in the fire, which broke out between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on November 12. Both were hospitalized for smoke inhalation. In public Facebook messages, Will Powers said he tried to rescue their beloved pets, but was overcome by smoke, so he opened doors hoping the cats would escape.

Farmington Hills Fire Department sent a nixle.com message asking residents to be on the lookout for the cats, but Will wrote Monday that all three perished.

“We have had an outpouring of support. But we can’t have our cats back. Those cats had a future of TV appearances and fundraisers to support the Ferndale Cat Shelter,” he wrote. “If the death of Cygnus, Arcturus, and Sirius isn’t meaningless and can help another family love their cats like we loved ours then this tragedy can have something good come from it.”

A link to donate is posted on Will Powers’ Facebook page: