A photo claims to show the world’s smallest cat. Today we’ll look at this image, the story circulating with it, and the true world’s smallest cat.
The Image is a Digital Creation.
A story being associated with the image reads:
Smallest Cat Mr Peebles may look like a kitten, but he is actually 2-year-old. The tiny cat got its size from a genetic defect that stunts growth. At just 6.1-inch (15.5 cm) high and 19.2-inch (49 cm) long, he currently holds certification from The Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s smallest cat.
An artist known as TBA on the website Worth1000.com won the “Sickening Cute” contest about 7 years ago with this entry, showing a tiny kitten in the palm of a hand. The entry was titled, “World’s Smallest Kitten.” In the comments for the entry, the artist discussed some technical issues in creating the image, “I was dealing with a really grainy source photo and I just added the noise to the kitten to make it blend. (removing the noise looked worse to me) The compression just compounds the problem.”
We could find this photo on web pages as far back as 2006 such as this one in which the blogger claimed that the photo was real.
The Real Mr. Peebles
Though the image above is not a photo of the world’s smallest cat, the caption is correct when describing a real cat known as Mr. Peebles. The real Mr. Peebles was reported in 2004 to be the “Smallest Living Domestic Cat” weighing in at 3.1 pounds, 6.1 inches tall, and 19.2 inches from nose to the tip of his tail. You can read a 2004 news story about Mr. Peebles here.
If you compare the two images, you can see that the real Mr. Peebles looks nothing like the cat in the Worth1000 contest.
Read more about Mr. Peebles here.
World’s Smallest Cat
According to the Guinness World Records, as of December 2014, the smallest cat ever was a 2.75 inch tall, 7.5 inch long Himalayan-Persian named Tinker Toy. Sadly, the cat died in 1997 at the age of six. Guinness has not posted a picture of this feline, and in its void, the Worth1000 image above is often used and attributed to that cat.
This is just another example of a real story being attached to a fake photo. And we think the real Mr. Peebles is certainly cute enough to feature alongside the story about him. In 2014, the title of World’s Smallest Cat was been challenged by a 5-inch cat named Pixel in California, but it remains unconfirmed. The smallest cat ever was a feline named Tinker Toy who measured 2.75 inches tall when fully grown.
Updated July 2, 2015
Originally published February 2013