Of course we all wish our pets could live a lot longer. Well, for one lucky couple, it looks like that has certainly happened.
It all began 26 years ago when a stray cat wandered into their backyard and he has been a big part of the family ever since.
In fact, at the approximate age of 31, he is still going strong with no sign of ‘calling it quits’ just yet.
This exceptional cat’s name is Nutmeg. His ‘humans’, Liz and Ian Finlay actually found the feline under a wheelbarrow when he made his way into their garden one day.
“He was very scrawny and had a lump on his neck,” Ian said. “He was checked over by the Cat Protection League, who said the condition of his teeth made him at least five years old and we have owned him for 26 years.”
Although now elderly with one deaf ear and only three teeth left, he still has the will to live and the heart of a lion.
He survived a serious illness last year and is doing much better today thanks to Dr. Laura Gillis and the staff at Westway Veterinary Hospital, who worked tirelessly to bring Nutmeg back to health.
Currently, the Guinness World Record holder for the Oldest Living Cat is a 30-year-old called Scooter.
However, Nutmeg could be a contender in this category, as last June he celebrated his 31st birthday. Fittingly, the family was even joined by Dr. Gillis.
At 31 years old, Nutmeg is the equivalent of 141 in human years.
The couple truly treasures their cat that they have spent well over two decades with.
Funny enough, they say, “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.” Purrhaps it is?
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