Presenting Nutmeg, The World’s Oldest Cat Who Looks Purr-fect To This Day.
Nutmeg is a tabby cat from Gateshead, United Kingdom, and is considered to be the world’s oldest feline. Despite his grand old age of 31 years old, that's the equivalent of 140 in human years, Nutmeg is still going strong, and it looks like he has many more years ahead.
He just celebrated his 31st birthday in the company of his humans, Liz and Ian Finlay. The Finlays say their senior is "absolutely gorgeous and part of their family." Nutmeg became part of the couple's lives when he wandered into their backyard back in 1990. They decided to keep the stray animal after they realized he had a medical condition that needed immediate attention.
The Finlays took Nutmeg to their local Cats Protection in 1990 where they were told at the time he was at least five years old.
The oldest cat according to the Guinness World Record was Corduroy who was 26. Unfortunately, the family has no documentation to prove Nutmeg's age.
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"We celebrate his birthday in March every year so we know it was around March 1990 when we got him," says Ian.
Ian and Liz found Nutmeg with an abscess on his back.
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The Finlays need proof they took Nutmeg to the Cats Protection in the year 1990.
At the time he was admitted to Cats Protection, Nutmeg was registered as an adult, making him old enough to claim the title.
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Even if the Finlay’s fail to prove that Nutmeg was five years old at the time, he was still recorded as an adult at the time by the staff at the facility.
Being recorded as an adult means that he was at least two years old at that time. That would make him at least 28 years old, which means he is older than Corduroy.
The secret to Nutmeg’s longevity is lots of pampering and Sunday roasts.
"He is not our cat – we are his humans and he never lets us forget that. I think that’s the secret to his long life,” Ian says.
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