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World’s Oldest Cat?

World’s Oldest Cat?

Wadsworth, the golden-eyed tuxedo cat, began life as a sickly runt who was abandoned at an English pub called Horse and Jockey. The pub owner Ann Munday found the wobbly pathetic-looking kitten and brought him home.”He was a tiny and very poor little thing, so its a miracle he has survived,” reminisced Ann on Wadsworth’s most recent birthday.

Wadsworth turned 27!

At 27 years old, Wadsworth is likely the oldest cat in the world. Because Waddy, as he is affectionately known, has had only one owner (other than the uncaring people who threw him out as a newborn kitten), and has seen the same vet for the past 27 years, Ms. Munday has the vet records to prove her cat’s elderly status.

Acorn House Vets, which sees Wadsworth regularly now due to his advanced age, says he is is the oldest cat their practice has ever seen. Waddy was healthy throughout his life despite being a runt, but now he has developed hyperthyroidism, hence his monthly vet visits. “He does not appreciate being blood tested,” said the vet, ”so we keep these to a minimum, but Mrs Munday does a fantastic job of treating him, and he is very stable on the medication. He is a great character and we all enjoy seeing him.”

Ann said “I’ve always had cats, but he is an absolute dream, and he has been a fantastic companion since my husband died 13 years ago.”

At nearly three decades old, Waddy is unsurprisingly slowing down. Ann notices, “he doesnt really play anymore,but she is quick to add that he clearly still enjoys life. Now he is like a little old man and mainly sleeps and eats. He has some ailments but he still gets up on my bed and the table.” And he still insists on sharing Fish-n-Chips with Ann.”If I get fish and chips I always get him a bit of fish – he doesn’t like the chips,” she said.

At 27 – or 125 in human years – Wadsworth is in the sunset phase of his life, but I hope he and Ann will have each other for a least a few more years to come. If he is very lucky, he can live another eleven years, and outlive Cream Puff, the Texan cat that currently holds the world record for oldest cat ever. Cream Puff lived until age 38!

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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11:59AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

I hope my Lucy and Joe Black turn into old cats also!!

10:23PM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

I had commented on April 23 I think it was on this cat being as old as it is. My cat, that I explained had Chronic Kidney Disease, passed away on the 4th of July of this year. (2013) I'm the most heartbroken person ever in the world. She was my best friend. I still have my other 2 cats that used to be feral cats a little over 3 years ago but there will never, ever be another cat like Liddle Kiddle. R.I.P. To the best cat/friend ever for me!

5:46AM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

Wow,my wee tortoiseshell is 24,still living a full and active life.

1:30AM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Спасибо за обмен :)здоровья вашей кошки!

6:32AM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

Lovely! Lucky kitty to have such a loving home, and lucky owner to have such a hardy cat! May he enjoy many more years with her

6:26AM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

6:13AM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

This is an absolutely heart-warming story! I am so happy for this woman and her cat. I hope they have plenty more years of joy together.

1:48AM PDT on Jun 11, 2013


4:25AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

i love you waddy you are so sweet,and ann as well, i hope my kitty lives a real long long healthy life too!!

12:48AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

what a cutie!

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