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20th September 2017

By Karen Pickwick

A cat thought to be the world’s oldest moggy has died at the age of 32.

Nutmeg was taken to Westway Veterinary Group in Newcastle with breathing difficulties, but vets were unable to save him after he suffered heart failure

Heartbroken owners Liz and Ian Finlay, from Blaydon, say the death of their beloved pet has left a massive hole in their lives.

The couple adopted Nutmeg after finding him in their garden in 1990. They took him to Cats Protection, where vets told them he was at least five, making him 32 when he died.
Until his death, he was thought to be the oldest cat in the world, claiming the crown of 26-year-old Corduroy, the Guinness World Record holder. The Finlays tried in vain to find a record that they took Nutmeg to Cats Protection in 1990 to verify their claim.
Nutmeg kept outliving all of his nine lives and underwent lifesaving treatment at Westway’s main veterinary hospital on West Road, Newcastle, after suffering a stroke in 2015.

The moggy marvel battled back to health, but had to be put to sleep following his latest illness.

Westway Vets managing director Jason Atherton said: “Having cats of 20-21 registered with the practice is becoming more and more common. But Nutmeg was a real exception because he was 10 years older than our oldest feline patients.

“Cats are living longer thanks to better nutrition, better care and better monitoring of patients. He was clearly a much-loved family pet to have had such a long, happy life with Mr and Mrs Finlay.”