Guinness World Records has just confirmed the title for the world’s oldest cat now belongs to… no one! But a black cat named Tutti-Frutti is trying to grab the crown even though the owner admits her pet is not the world’s oldest cat ever.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the previous world’s oldest cat was named Poppy and it just so happens the pussy cat passed away just a day after the world’s oldest man. Alexander Imich died at the rare old age of 111 after only holding the title for two months.
Owner Jacqui Corner told everyone about the last days of the world’s oldest cat:
“We knew she was old but it’s still very upsetting. She had a bad week last week. She was on antibiotics on the Wednesday because of a water infection and her back legs just seemed to let her down. She wasn’t herself at all. She passed away on Friday at 3.30 pm. I had spent the whole day with her as she was particularly poorly. We knew it was going to happen but we’re all still completely devastated. It’s only just starting to sink in. It’s great she managed to get the world record beforehand, it’s almost like she was purposely hanging in there because the process took months.”
Although the title of the world’s oldest cat has not yet officially been passed on by the Guinness World Records, pet owner Marie McAleavey believes her 23-year-old black and white kitty Tutti-Frutti meets all the qualifications for taking the crown. But her challengers include a Yorkshire cat named Snowy who is 27 and a Swansea cat named Gwynneth who is supposedly 24.
Unlike these competitors, McAleavey claims she can prove Tutti-Frutti is actually age 23 through vet records and is already contacting Guinness World Records to confirm her pet’s title:
“We had the old-fashioned tradition of opening the front door and the back door to let the bad spirits out and the new spirits in. This kitten came through the front door – she would have been six to seven months of age, if that. We asked around the area but nobody claimed her. I think because of all the fireworks she had come from a greater journey. She latched onto my aunt. We took her to have her neutered, and the same vet has been looking after her from then until now. We will probably go through him to let them know her age – he has her whole case history.”
Of course, none of these aging kitties are even close to the world’s oldest cat ever, according to Guinness World Records:
“The oldest cat ever is Creme Puff who was born on 3 August 1967 and lived until 6 August 2005 — an amazing 38 years and 3 days! Creme Puff lived with her owner, Jake Perry, in Austin, Texas, USA. Jake Perry was also the owner of Grandpa Rex Allen, the previous holder.”
Do you own a cat that may qualify for the title of the current world’s oldest cat?