FARMINGTON HILLS (WWJ) – A sad outcome in the case of two world record cats who were missing for more than a month after a house fire in Farmington Hills.

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There is little left of the house on Quaker Valley Lane. (Photo: Jon Hewett/WWJ)

Arcturus, the tallest cat in the Guinness Book of World Records, and Cygnus, the cat with the world’s longest tail, were inside their Farmington Hills home when it was destroyed by fire November 12.

It took weeks for crews to search the rubble, and it wasn’t until the final room of the basement was excavated that it was discovered the cats had remained hidden during the fire and died from smoke inhalation.

Owners Will and Lauren Powers lost everything in the fire, but say the only thing that mattered to them were the cats.

“They were best friends in life and it gives us a small amount of peace that they were together at the end of their amazing journey on this earth,” the couple wrote in an Instagram post. “We are forever grateful for the time we were given to love them.”

The Powers say two cats, Sirius and Yuki, remain missing.

We have been working with an excavation crew for the last few weeks following the fire that destroyed our home in Farmington Hills, Michigan on Sunday, November 13. Together with our family, our team sifted through rubble by hand in the hopes of eliminating the possibility that Arcturus, Cygnus, and Sirius remained in the house along with our friend's Yuki. __________________________________________ Although Will opened as many doors as he could upstairs and downstairs, and searched in vain for our boys, he was not able to locate them prior to being physically removed by fire rescue and law enforcement. Despite Will's incredible efforts, we confirmed today (during the excavation of the final room in our basement) that Cygnus and Arcturus remained hidden in our home and succumbed to smoke inhalation. We did not find any evidence that Sirius and Yuki remained in the home and our search for them continues. We do not wish to go into detail, but there is a significant reason to believe they are both alive. __________________________________________ With regard to our discovery of Cygnus and Arcturus, they were best friends in life and it gives us a small amount of peace that they were together at the end of their amazing journey on this earth. We are forever grateful for the time we were given to love them and ask that our friends and followers not post in memoriam content as our search continues. We want them to be remembered for their incredible personalities, their contributions to the Ferndale Cat Shelter, and their love for each other and their brother Sirius. __________________________________________ Thank you for all of the kind words and support over the last few weeks. We need positive thoughts more than ever as we continue our search for Yuki and Sirius.

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Those wishing to help are being asked to make a donation to the Ferndale Cat Shelter, where Arcturus was an ambassador.

Arcturus holds the Guinness World Record for being the tallest domestic cat, measuring at about 19 inches (48 centimeters). Cygnus is the domestic cat with the world’s longest tail, measuring at more than 17 inches (43 centimeters).

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