‘Extremely good chance’ Farmington Hills world record cats escaped fire

Farmington Hills residents who lost everything in a November fire now strongly believe their world famous cats may still be alive.

As excavation continues on their Quaker Valley Lane home, Will and Lauren Powers have offered a $25,000 reward, payable in bitcoin, for each of the four cats in their home when the November 12 fire broke out: Cygnus, a Maine Coon in the 2018 Guinness Book of World Records for his 17.58-inch tail; Savannah cat Arcturus, the world’s tallest domestic cat at 19.05 inches; Sirius, a brown-and-black Bengal cat; and Yuki, a brown-orange tabby with white mittens.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council

World record cats

On Wednesday, a post on Will Powers’ Facebook page shared another sign the cats may still be alive. No evidence of their remains has been found in the home debris.

This does mean that the cats were very likely to have been in the basement at the time of the fire, and had a wide open back door to run out when things got smoky. Being as the fire was upstairs and the basement door was an inwards draft, this kept fresh air in the basement for 30-60 minutes while the house burned. There is an extremely good chance that at least one if not all of the cats escaped.”

The cats have been sighted in the area around the home site, between 11 Mile and I-696 west of Farmington Road:

Sightings have been reported as far away as the Farmington Hills Golf Club on Halsted Road and in “woodsy areas” in Farmington and Farmington Hills. The couple is especially concerned now that the weather has turned colder; all of the missing pets are “indoor” cats.

If you see any of the cats, get a picture, then call or text 313-475-9132 or 248-807-0095.

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