Nutmeg 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!