The world's oldest cat celebrates 24th birthday

Published Wednesday, May 21 2014, 17:25 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Our feline friends may be said to have seven lives but this marvelous moggy has been lucky enough to live one very long one!

Tortoiseshell Poppy now holds a Guinness world record after being crowned world's oldest cat after turning 24 - or 114 in cat years.

Poppy is the world's oldest cat

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She may not be her once lively self after becoming deaf and blind, but this elderly kitty has proved that age is just a number.

Poppy's owner, Jacqui West, 43 believes that her long life is down to exercise and a slightly unconventional diet, showing that a little bit of what you fancy isn't always bad!

She told the Daily Mail: "She has biscuits in the morning and tinned food later on. She's never been a big cat though.

"She is partial to the odd takeaway. We sometimes give her a bit of KFC chicken, fish and chips and even the odd bit of kebab meat."

Poppy was born in 1990 and has lived through events such as 9/11 and the invention of the Internet. After a busy 24 years, she now lives a quieter life, spending most of her days relaxing inside.

Although Poppy's health is declining, Jacqui and her family are incredibly pleased for the attention she has received.

"We're chuffed for her," Jacqui said. "I think old cats deserve recognition of their achievement."

By Anna Patterson

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