Life is just purr-fect for oldest moggie
BRITAIN'S oldest living cat is still going strong after celebrating his 33rd birthday. The ancient moggy, who is 231 in feline years, is now set to enter the Guinness Book of Records and could even be the most aged cat in the world.
BRITAIN'S oldest living cat is still going strong after celebrating his 33rd birthday.
The ancient moggy, who is 231 in feline years, is now set to enter the Guinness Book of Records and could even be the most aged cat in the world.
Whiskey, who has no front teeth, celebrated his birthday doing his usual - sleeping and filling up on his favourite cat food.
Owner Jean Stone said: "I found him abandoned in a dustbin in east London on March 17th 1971 - and he's been with me ever since.
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"I never ever imagined he would live this long, especially after such a horrible start to his life."
Jean, 66, added: "I always remember the date I found him because it was two days before my son Neil's first birthday.
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"And I also know that was the day Whiskey was born because he was so tiny, his eyes were closed and had so obviously just been born."
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world's oldest living cat is Kataleena Lady, a Burmese which was born on March 11, 1977.
The mature moggy lives in Melbourne, Australia, celebrated her 25th birthday two years ago.
Jean, of Jaywick, near Clacton, said: "I saw something about long-living cats and I realised just how old my Whiskey is.
"Apparently the oldest domestic cat in Britain is 26 - well I can beat that by a long way.
"Unfortunately, I don't have any proof of his age because I found him dumped in a dustbin and I obviously didn't get a receipt and he's not a pedigree cat."
Jean remembers the day she found Whiskey very well.
"I had just popped out to the bakers and I heard a strange noise. I stopped to investigate and I found two little cats in a dustbin.
"They had clearly been born just a few hours earlier and dumped in the dustbin.
"At first I thought they were rats because they were so small. I took Whiskey home and I ended up having to feed him every hour with a doll's baby bottle.
"It used to go on all night. Every hour somebody had to feed Whiskey and I do wonder if that's the secret to his long life."
She said Whiskey will only eat Whiskas or fresh meat and fish that she buys from her local supermarket.
"If you try to feed him anything else, then he doesn't want to know. He's quite a fussy old thing."
Despite his age, Whiskey still goes outside but is slower than he used to be. And he's very choosy about who he allows to pet him.
"He can be friendly if he decides to like you and will sit on your lap. But he can go and when he goes, he's like a wolf."
Jean is now calling in a vet to try to verify Whiskey's age before making an approach to enter him in the Guinness Book of World Records.