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OLDEST EVER CATS
There is an unverified claim of a 43 year old cat. On 2nd January, 1972, a man living in Dumfriesshire, Scotland claimed that his cat (unnamed) had celebrated its 43rd birthday. Mr W Ferguson, of the Scottish Cat Club, wrote to the owner for further information, but received the following reply: "In reference to the cat, I am sorry to say it was killed this morning by a train. My brother bought it from the Millingonbush farm, where he worked, to Horsolholm in the summer of 1939. I have lived with the cat all my life. We were on the farm for 36 years. My brother who fetched the cat was killed by a train in the same place a month ago. I am the only one left, but i can assure you everything I say is true. I am 64 years old and I gave up farming and bought a house and have lived here ever since."
In November 1972, the American Feline Society heard of a 37 year old cat living in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. When the AFS investigated, the claim turned out to be based on the combined life-spans of 3 different cats.
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest cat ever was Creme Puff, born August 3, 1967 and still living at the age of 37 in 2004. Creme Puff was owned by Jake Perry of Austin, Texas, USA.
Al and Mary Palusky of Duluth, Minn, USA claim their black cat, Baby, was born in 1970 and was 37 years old in 2007. This age will be recognised by the American magazine Cat Fancy. To be a Guinness world record, the owners will need to provide proof of their cat's age, for example continuous veterinary care over his lifetime.
After Creme Puff and Baby, the oldest cats ever are generally reckoned to be Puss (36 years, 1 day), Ma (34 years) and Granpa (34 years, 2 months). Puss was born in 1903 and was owned by Mrs T Holway of Clayhidon, Devon. Puss died on 29th November, 1939, one day after his 36th birthday.
Puss's case is not very well documented and doubts have been cast on its authenticity. The oldest reliably recorded cat was a female tabby named Ma, owned by Alice St George Moore of Drewsteignton, England. Ma was put to sleep on November 5, 1957 at the age of 34 years. Although 2 years younger than Puss, Ma's case is more reliably recorded. As a small kitten, Ma got her paw caught in a gin trap (steel jaw trap) and it was doubtful that she would survive. Though she survived, the injury worsened with age and Ma was cared for especially carefully. This was believed to be the secret of her longevity. Ma's natural diet of meat from the local butcher and a relaxed lifestyle (her owners were classical musicians) were also considered factors.
Granpa Rexs Allen, a Sphynx adopted from a Texas Humane Society, reached 34 years, 2 months and 4 hours old in 1998 (pedigree cats have the advantage of detailed birth records). He was adopted from the Humane Society of Travis County, Texas by Jake Perry on January 16, 1970. Granpa had been found as a stray in danger of being run over. Realising that Granpa was a Sphynx (then a rare breed), Perry put up posters in case anyone had any information about him. He received a call from the cat's former owner, Mme Sulinaberg from Paris, France. Sulinaberg had been visiting her daughter in December 1969 and her cat, Pierre, had escaped through an unlocked screen door. Sulinaberg checked the cat and agreed to let Perry keep the cat. She gave him Pierre's pedigree papers although by that time Perry had registered the cat as Granpa Rexs Allen with TICA as a household pet. The pedigree papers stated that Pierre had been born in Paris, France on the morning of 1st February, 1964. His sire was a Devon Rex (a permitted outcross for the Sphynx breed) called Pierre II and his mother was a Sphynx called Queen of France. Like Ma, Granpa was a cosseted cat, but his diet included bacon and eggs, broccoli, asparagus, mayonnaise and coffee with lots of cream!
Several other cats have been verified as reaching their 30s. In September 1955, a cat from Los Angeles, California died at the ripe old age of 33 years, 4 months. The name was not given, but the cat had been born in Surbiton, Surrey, England in 1922 and had gone to the USA with its owners. Bobby, a neutered male owned by Miss B Fenlon of Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland, died on 5 July, 1973 at the age of 32 years 3 weeks. Selina, a silver tabby shorthair, owned by Mrs Margaret Chapman of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England, died on 28 August 1983 at the age of 32 years. Fluff, a black-and-white domestic Persian-cross longhair, bought as a kitten by neighbours of Marjorie and Ken Wren of Gosport, Hampshire, UK, became the oldest living cat in 2003, at the age of 31. Fluff's longevity was attributed to her laid-back life style .
Longevity is partly influenced by genes which explains why "twin" cats (i.e. littermates) Ginger and Sandy both lived into their twenties. They were born on 18 May 1956 and owned by Miss Pat Hillman of Birmingham. Sandy died aged 20 years, 5 months and 3 weeks on 7 January 1977. Ginger was put to sleep aged 21 years, 3 months and 3 weeks on 8 September 1978.
On the whole, moggies are considered to be longer lived and more robust than purebred cats (due to the greater degree of inbreeding in purebred cats). Fluff, a Blue Persian owned by Mrs Mary Forster of Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, died on 15 October 1982 at the age of 29 years 7 months. An unnamed blind Blue-Point Siamese owned by Mr Howard Little of Redwood City, California, USA was recorded as being 25 years and 8 months in November 1975. A 27 year old Burmese called Kataleena Lady, owned by Mrs V Hayward of Melbourne, Australia was still living in 2004.
In November 2007, Pussywillow, a 26-year-old black cat from Ratlinghope, Shropshire, England was a contender for the title of oldest cat in the UK. Pussywillow's owner, Lin Brown, reported the cat to have all her faculties. Pussywillow, a former semi-feral, lived off animals she hunted herself until the age of 22. At 22, she survived a fox-attack and became more tame. After the attack she began to curl up indoors in the warm and was given cat food. Marion Micklewright of Shropshire Cat Rescue, said she had not heard of any other cats living for 26 years - in spite of several well-publicised cases around the world (also listed on this web page) including those in Guinness World Records!
OLDEST LIVING CATS
"Oldest living cat" is naturally a category where the title-holders change frequently as they finally succumb to advancing age. As well as an official record holder, there are numerous unverified records of longevity. Some of these contenders die before their claim can be verified while others are handicapped by lack of birth records. This means that the category is biased in favour of pedigree cats and against domestic moggies. Some of the unverified claimants achieve national fame through magazines or international coverage in news reports.
In 2004, it was reported that the oldest living cat (verified) was a 27 year old Burmese called Kataleena Lady owned by Mrs V Hayward of Melbourne, Australia. Kataleena Lady was born on March 11th, 1977. In March 2005, a cat called Amber from west Wales was a contender for the oldest living domestic cat. Amber was a fully grown stray of 2 - 3 years old when adopted by Diane Sleeman of Ferryside in 1978. Diane believes Amber is approaching 30, which would make her almost 5 years older than the verified record holder, however Guinness World Records require evidence of Amber's longevity. Amber was toothless, but fit and healthy although less active than she used to be. Diane attributed Amber's longevity down to a diet which included hot cod, chicken and prawns in addition to regular cat food. In March 2005, the oldest living cat (verified) was 23 year old Spook from Ontario, Canada.
A black and white British cat called Whiskey, rescued from a dustbin when a tiny kitten, was also a contender for the title of oldest cat at the age of 33 (unverified). Tiger, a tabby cat owned by Roy and Linda Gilbert of Coseley, near Dudley in the West Midlands was believed to be 27 years old in 2001. The previous oldie was Spike, who died in 2001 at the age of 31.
A 31 year old (unverified) tomcat called Kiko was reported from a small village