A Japanese cat named Shiroi (white) was known for her particularly long torso, said to be 65 cm from head to toe. An image of the cat was posted to 2chan in 2004 or 2005, and went viral. She came to be known as Nobiko (stretch) in Japan, and Longcat in English-speaking countries. Her owner Miko explains Nobiko's story.
According to an interview with PETomorrow from last year, who interviewed Miko, Nobiko was rescued after being discovered on the street back in 2002. Nobiko, who was “thin and messy” after being found, was given a bath and revealed to be a beautiful “snow-white” cat. Upon being adopted, Nobiko lived with Miko and was the oldest of their seven cats. "Mr. Nobiko was deaf and couldn't hear any sound, so she might have slept in the middle of the road," Miko said. "I'm really glad that [we were] able to protect her before she was hit by a car."
Nobiko lived a long and pampered life, but crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Sunday.
Hong Kong-based pro-democracy website Stand News reported that Longcat had been rushed to the vet after being found in a weak state on Sunday morning. The cat eventually passed away at around 2pm local time.