World’s Oldest Cat at 31?

October 14, 2016 |
Nutmeg the cat eyes his birthday cake

Photo: Westway Veterinary Group/Facebook

That is–yikes!–about the equivalent of 140 in human years. Yet, he’s as spry as they come and, according to his people, “rules the house.” (Well, what cat doesn’t?????)
Brits Liz and Ian Finlay welcomed Nutmeg into their home in 1990. He made nice with Spice, their cat at the time. He had some abscesses on his neck, so they took him to the local rescue for treatment. Vets there told the Finlays he was an adult cat, about five years old.
The Finlays celebrate Nutmeg’s birthday every year in March, marking the day he found his way into their yard… and hearts.
The current world record holder for the oldest cat title is held by Corduroy, who is a young 26 years old. Even if Nutmeg was only two when they found him, that would  make him 28, two years older than the Guinness World Record holder.

Nutmeg celebrates his 31st birthday with vet Laura Gilles and owners Liz and Ian FinlayNutmeg celebrates his 31st birthday with veterinarian Laura Gilles and owners Liz and Ian Finlay. (Photo: Westway Veterinary Group /Facebook)

But wrestling the crown from Corduroy is not a slam-dunk. To qualify for the Guinness World Record, the Finlays have to cough up documentation that proves Nutmeg’s age. Because he was a stray, they don’t know his birthdate. They are trying to get the records–if they still exist–from the animal rescue center where they took him 26 years ago.

Like many of us, the Finlays have no children, so Nutmeg is their baby.

No matter what his exact age, he has a ways to go to be the oldest cat ever recorded. That honor belongs to Crème Puff, a Texas cat, who lived for 38 years and three days.  Go for it, Nutmeg! Good luck!

 

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Mousebreath Magazine is an award-winning online magazine that celebrates cats and the cat-centric lifestyle. Editor Karen Nichols is a popular conference speaker and writer, whose current project is The Cat Scout Handbook. She is also the denmaster at CatScouts.com.

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