PetsPyjamas were sad to hear that Poppy, the world’s oldest cat has died weeks after clinching the title. At the grand old age of 24, the tortoiseshell cat had lived through five British Prime Ministers, being born the year that Nelson Mandela was released from prison.
Recognised by the Guinness World Records on May 19th, Poppy became ill with a water infection and developed problems with her hind legs. Her owner Jacqui West said, ‘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 3.30pm. I had spent the whole day with her as she was particularly poorly.
‘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 24 is a ripe old age to reach, Poppy didn’t manage to beat the oldest cat in history who was an astonishing 38 years old and three days. The feline called Creme Puff lived in Austin, Texas and was the oldest cat ever recorded.