World's Oldest Cat Officially Announced

British cat Poppy is honored with title of oldest living cat at age 24.

By Anastasia Thrift | Posted: May 19, 2014, 3 p.m. EDT

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After an unprecedented amount of entries, the Guinness Book of World Records today revealed the name of the oldest cat in the world.

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Poppy celebrates the honor of being deemed the world's oldest cat with a cat food cake. Photos by David Hedges SWNS.com via Guinness World Records

Poppy, a dilute tortoiseshell from Bournemouth, U.K., received the title of World's Oldest Cat. She's 24 years old, or 114 in human years.

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Poppy's regime of good food an exercise keep her fit, according to her pet parent.
Pet parent Jacqui West attributes her cat's long life to "a good diet and lots of exercise," according to the Guinness World Record's news release.

"She keeps herself fit by walking around and she eats a lot. She has biscuits in the morning and tinned food later on. She’s never been a big cat though." Poppy shares her home with Jacqui, her husband, their two sons, four other cats, two rabbits and a hamster.

Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said the organization was overwhelmed with claims for the oldest living cat. "If anyone thinks their cat beats this, and can prove it, then we’d encourage them to get in touch with us,” he said.

Jacqui went on to say that her cat "is partial to the odd takeaway," including "a bit of KFC chicken, Fish and chips and even the odd bit of kebab meat.”

Cat Fancy might not advise that diet for a long cat life, but we're happy Poppy lives with a loving family and are thrilled for all of them over receiving this honor.

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Bonnie    International

7/1/2014 10:22:42 AM

Poppy crossed the Bridge. The note is dated June 10, 2014. This is the link: LINK

Carol    Silver Spring, MD

6/18/2014 5:37:24 AM

Good for Poppy!

Pamela    Chicago, IL

5/27/2014 9:25:38 AM

Hello everyone! Guinness is merely stating that Poppy is currently the oldest verifiable LIVING cat. Guinness has verified cats of 31 and 34 years of age in the past, but they have since passed away. It definitely is hard to verify the exact age of your kitty, especially if s/he was an adopted cat. I had a lovely girl live to about 22.5 years.

jazzmine    colorado springs, CO

5/25/2014 2:50:06 PM

ive heard of cats way older than that some live past thirty. and the current record was about thirty-five years old.that cat is no longer alive but im sure that there are some that age still alive.so no that is NOT the worlds oldest cat.

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