It does seem sometimes as if cats really do have nine lives. I’ve seen my own cats do things that would kill most other animals. But, they walk away nonchalantly.
They’ve also lived through illnesses and injuries that my dogs would have succumbed to in minutes.
Perhaps it’s because of those “nine lives” that cats can outlive dogs by two times as long, sometimes more.
The world’s oldest cat believed to be 32 years old (that would actually be 144 in cat years), finally ended his last life recently.
This was after his owners adopted him at the age of 5. He greatly repaid them for their kindnesses by living another 27 years!
The cat who most recently bore the title of “world’s oldest” was a grey cat named Nutmeg. Sadly, at age 32, he was taken to the vets at Westway Veterinary Group after experiencing difficulties breathing. He was diagnosed with heart failure and soon passed away.
Losing a pet after only a decade or so together is painful. Losing one after three decades is mind-numbingly difficult. His mom, Liz, is grieving the loss deeply. “I feel as though my heart has been ripped out. He was a huge character who was dearly loved.”
Liz and Ian Finlay had adopted Nutmeg in 1990 after finding him in their garden. He was suffering from an abscess on his neck. So, once the Finlays had lured him into their home using treats he was taken to Cats Protection.
“He was checked over by Cat Protection, who said the condition of his teeth made him at least five years old. We owned him for 27 years,” Ian Finlay said, his voice showing his sadness.
“I can hardly put into words how much we miss him. After his death, we just had to get away for a week’s holiday, but it’s done nothing to heal the pain as he was such a special pet.”
Thanks to the ease of purchasing good quality cat food as well as the increasing advances in veterinary care, it isn’t unusual to see a cat that reaches its 20th birthday.
Reaching its 32nd birthday, however, was definitely (and literally) one for the record books.
“He was clearly a much-loved family pet to have had such a long, happy life with Mr. and Mrs. Finlay,” said Jason Atherton, the managing director of Westway Veterinary Group.
The owner of the title of world’s oldest cat belongs to Creme Puff (August 3, 1967 – August 6, 2005). Owned by Jake Perry of Austin, Texas, she died at age 38 years and 3 days. She was the oldest cat ever recorded, according to the 2010 edition of Guinness World Records.
Nutmeg’s family had hoped to get him past that point, so he would forever be in the record books, but, fate intervened.
Source: NTD TV