This tabby cat just celebrated its 31st birthday, after recovering from a serious illness.
Moggy Nutmeg from Gateshead, UK is believed to be the oldest cat in the world. The cat popped up at its owners’ house 26 years ago, and they immediately adopted it – obviously taking care of it well.
”He rules the house and he’s absolutely gorgeous,” Nutmeg’s humans told The Mirror.
Despite being the equivalent of about 141 human years, Nutmeg suffered from a very serious stroke last year and now seems to be thriving. Now he seems to be quite healthy, and if everything goes right then he still has a few more lives to him.
Like every cat, he’s spoilt and enjoys his morning meal – and his morning love.
“He is spoilt rotten… He comes in every morning at five am and we get up and feed him”
It seems incredible that a cat can live to this age, but Nutmeg isn’t even the oldest cat we know of. Creme Puff, born in 1967, lived to be 38 years old, holding the record for the oldest cat. Its owner, Jake Perry had another cat which lived to be 34 years. In a book about these two cats, authors note that their longevity might be in part owed to their unusual diet, which included among other things, bacon and eggs, asparagus, broccoli, and coffee with heavy cream.
However, in order to ensure the best life for your cat, bacon and eggs are not really recommended. Making sure your pet has a balanced diet, taking care of its teeth and regular visits to the vet – is.
Alexandra is a naturalist who is firmly in love with our planet and the environment. When she's not writing about climate or animal rights, you can usually find her doing field research or reading the latest nutritional studies.