31-year-old Cat, Who Chose His Humans 26 Years Ago, is Still Going Strong
Say hello to Moggy Nutmeg the cat!
26 years ago this tabby cat from Gateshead,UK chose his humans by wandering into their backyard. Now at the age of 31, he is still going strong.
Nutmeg is a super senior cat with one deaf ear and three teeth left, but he still has the heart of a lion. He bounced back from a serious illness last year. Nutmeg may have lost one of his nine lives, but this old guy is not ready to kick the bucket just yet.
Liz and Ian Finlay found Nutmeg 26 years ago when he showed up in their garden under a wheelbarrow. “He was very scrawny and had a lump on his neck,” said Ian
“He was checked over by the Cat Protection League, who said the condition of his teeth made him at least five years old and we have owned him for 26 years.”
The lovely couple rescued him and gave him a loving home. This kitty has been their most loyal and lovable companion ever since.
There was a quite a scare a little over a year ago when Nutmeg was rushed to a animal hospital for a stroke. Fearing that they would lose their beloved cat, Dr. Laura Gillis along with the staff at Westway Veterinary Hospital worked tirelessly and brought Nutmeg back to health.
“We thought we had lost him and we were very upset, but after a few days in hospital he was back to his normal self,” Ian said. “He is a cracking old guy, and is still as cantankerous as ever.”
Liz and Ian treasure their 2 and a half decade companion cat with all their hearts.
“He is not our cat – we are his humans and he never lets us forget that. I think that’s the secret to his long life.”
The Guinness record holder for the Oldest Living Cat is Scooter at the age of 30. Nutmeg can be quite a contender in this category.
This June Nutmeg and his family celebrated his 31st birthday together with the Dr. Gillis who saved his life.
At 31 years old, Nutmeg is the equivalent of 141 in human years!