I came across this Twitter post*1 today and had mixed feelings.
Initially I was happy as the age my cats will live to is something that worries me. They are 6 already and at 7 they are classed as middle aged which seems crazy to me as they still seem like kittens. I guess if you look to the common rule of 1 cat year is 7 human years, then my cats are 42 years old. But then that means that this cat was 231!!!
Next, I was unsure if it was even true so I started “googling” for more details. The cute cat you see above is “Creme Puff” (August 3, 1967 – August 6, 2005) and was exactly 38 years and 3 days old when she died (thanks Wikipedia*2). It turns out that Jake Perry, Creme Puffs owner also had another cat “Granpa” who had lived to 34 years and 2 months. Mad given an “unusual diet of, among other things, bacon and eggs, asparagus, and broccoli“. I am sure my vet would not recommend this. Neither am I sure my cats would want this … it is one thing being hidden within meat and jelly and quite another on its own.
I digress … I decided that as this is in the “Guiness Book of Records 2010”*3 that’s enough for me. Granpa was the previous record holder and I wish I could speak to Jake Perry to find out his secret too.