Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Look at the World’s Oldest Cats



Charlie, looking handsome at 29, with his owner.

Is it their diet? Their lifestyle? Lucy, a grey tabby may be 39 years old. Charlie, a ginger kitty is 29. Most cats live an average of 12-15 years. These two senior cats must be doing something right. They certainly don't show their age.

Lucy as she appeared in a local paper. Is she really 39?
Lucy is from Llanelli, South Wales. She was born in 1972, the year gas was .55 and average housing prices were $27,550.

In the Daily Mail Reporter it was reported that Lucy is deaf but "that she is in good shape." When Lucy's owner Bill Thomas took her to the vet, the vet said, "she was very old but it was not possible to give her exact age."

Charlie is a Well-Traveled Cat
Charlie is from Coulter, Lanarkshire in Scotland.

He is owned by Sina Graham a former BBC correspondent. He's quite the traveler. As reported by The Scottish Sun, Charlie was on Air Force One during Clinton's presidency and at Nelson Mandela's release.

Charlie has a taste for tea.

Did Cream Puff's and Granpa's Diet Help?
Before Lucy and Charlie, there was Cream Puff. She was the oldest cat at 38 years and 3 days as listed by the Guinness Book of World Records 2010. She lived from August 3, 1967 to August 6, 2005.

Cream Puff was owned by Jake Perry and lived in Austin, Texas. Jake Perry was featured in "South Paws," a short documentary about his beloved cats. (See below) Perry also owned a sphynx, named Granpa who lived 34 years and 2 months.

What accounts for the longevity of Perry's cats? Maybe it was their unique diet. Every morning he fed them bacon, eggs, broccoli and coffee.

Maybe I'll change my breakfast plans.



photo credit of Charlie: The Scottish Sun
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24 comments:

  1. I love and respect all my feline elders!

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  2. Wow ! 38 years old, I wish I know how she been look after to be healty till this age , It's just amazing !
    xxx
    Thank you for this post

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  3. Well, my oldest is Ginny, a Berman/Siamese mix and she is 24 this year. She is not in good health as far as the vet says but she just finished dinner, water, used her box and she's sitting with me as I post this. She's a trooper. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

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  4. Oh my Cats! I hope all of mine live that long. They sure are ornery enough to, heh heh.

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  5. Bacon? Ohhhhh, we LOVE bacon! Now maybe this will be the incentive Mom needs to drop a strip our way. Yum! We've never tried to drink her coffee though. Mom says we're wound up enough.

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  6. What a great excuse for bacon and eggs in the morning! I think I might conveniently forget about the broccoli though! I won't mention to Austin that he might outlive me, it could give him ideas!!

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  7. We hope we get to live that long! Our Mom hopes so too!

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  8. Wow. That is a very long time for kittehs to live.

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  9. That is SO cool! Thank you for sharing!

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  10. I always knew bacon was good for you. Darn the naysayers!

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  11. 39??? 29??? Wow! The oldest cat I had ever heard of was 24.........amazing!

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  12. Wow -- that's really cool :) We have a somewhat delusional patient where I work and she always tells me about a cat she had for more than 40 years. Now I wonder if I should believe her!

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  13. Wow it's amazing! Thank you for sharing the story. I hope my boys will long and healthy too.

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  14. I sure hope my cats live that long. That's totally amazing!

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  15. I have one that will be 24 in June. Rascal is a Maine Coon mix. He loves the milk left in the cereal bowl and will try to get the milk long before we're done eating. Sometimes he succeeds.

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  16. Cat here can confirm pet owner used to feed me cocaine as well please help meow

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  17. Wow I wish my mommy and daddy fed me that well! It's purina for me, meow ^・ω・^ dats ok still wuv dem

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  18. My parents always say "No people food!" I say, death to humanity!

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  19. My Calico Maine Coon, Cookie, left me at 16. I wish I'd known such diet maybe she'd still be with me (sob). I love her dearly.

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  20. Cat here, my owner *meow* only feeds me psilocybin mushrooms and I think I will live to be 8. Mummy and Daddy love me so much *meow*

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  21. Mom says human foods not good for you. But I can eat a birdie in the back yard every now and then:) I love my parents

    Xoxo
    Russia

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