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4-foot Maine Coon 'Samson' is New York City's largest cat

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Daniel Uria

NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The owner of a 4-foot long Maine Coon in New York City claims the massive cat is the city's largest.

Samson the Maine Coon has gained internet notoriety for his 4-foot, 28-pound frame after repeated efforts by his owner Jonathan Zurbel to have him declared the largest cat in New York City.

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"Finally my cat went viral! It took a lot of work because the pet scene on IG is very competitive, everyone thinks they have the cutest pet," Zurbel wrote on Instagram. "All the cat blogs were ignoring me until the story broke, then everyone got onboard. It's important to always stay the course when you are pushing something on the Internet. It takes time, hard work and consistency with some clever strategies."

Samson's impressive stature is also on display on his very own Instagram account, which chronicles his daily life.

"He is a gentle giant," Zurbel told The Dodo. "Very sweet, tender but a tough guy. He likes to wrestle and play but secretly enjoys being tender as long as nobody is watching. He is a ladies man who loves females much more than men, except for his daddy who he loves very much."

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Zurbel told the Gothamist Samson eats six can of wet food every day in addition to a helping of dry food and has gained 10 pounds in the two-and-a-half years they've been together.

He plans to compile a calendar made up of photos of various models holding Samson.

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