Poppy the cat has been officially recognised as the oldest moggy in the world

Meet kebab-eating Poppy - the oldest cat in the world at 24 years old

Picture: SWNS

Picture: SWNS

Picture: SWNS

Picture: SWNS

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POPPY the moggy has been officially recognised as the world's oldest cat at 24 - equivalent to 114 in human years.

And she has reached the milestone despite being partial to KFC chicken, fish and chips and even the odd kebab.

The tortoiseshell was born in February 1990, the same month Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and has seen five British Prime Ministers but is now a frail old lady and spends most of her time indoors relaxing.

Poppy, who has been recognised by Guinness World Records, is one year younger than Misao Okawa of Japan, the oldest person in the world.

She has picked up the title following the death of Pinky, a cat from Kansas who passed away at the age of 23 last year.

Poppy lives in Bournemouth with her owners, Jacqui and Andy West, and their sons, Joe, 11, and eight-year-old Toby.

She also shares the home with four other cats, two rabbits and a hamster.

Jacqui, 43, said: "People always ask what we put Poppy's longevity down to and I guess she has a good diet and lots of exercise."

She keeps herself fit by walking around and she eats a lot.

She is partial to the odd takeaway.

Jacqui, an accountant, wrote to Guinness World Records in February after Poppy turned 24, submitting her into the category of "Oldest Cat Currently Living".

They investigated their claim and have now confirmed Poppy as the world's oldest living cat.

Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records editor-in-chief, said: "We've been overwhelmed with claims for the 'oldest living cat', with owners from across the globe making applications on behalf of their cats."

Today, though, I'm pleased to confirm that we're recognising Poppy from Bournemouth in the UK as the world's oldest living cat.

”The oldest cat in history was a feline called Creme Puff who lived in Austin, Texas and who survived for an astonishing 38 years and 3 days.

Jacqui added: "Poppy is definitely the top cat and she is still quite feisty. If one of the other cats tries to eat her food she will bite them on the ear."

She's deaf and blind and meows for everything. We call her stroppy Poppy sometimes.”

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12:12pm Tue 20 May 14

High Treason says...

But Mrs Slocombes looks older.
But Mrs Slocombes looks older. High Treason
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12:23pm Tue 20 May 14

KLH says...

High Treason wrote:
But Mrs Slocombes looks older.
Bit greyer too....

Seriously, amazing cat, lovely to read stories like this. Ours used to get the finest steak sometimes - not that it was offered to him, he swiped it off of our plates when we weren't looking...
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: But Mrs Slocombes looks older.[/p][/quote]Bit greyer too.... Seriously, amazing cat, lovely to read stories like this. Ours used to get the finest steak sometimes - not that it was offered to him, he swiped it off of our plates when we weren't looking... KLH
  • Score: 18

12:33pm Tue 20 May 14

MrDMan says...

Oldest cat whose owners have contacted a book of records.
Oldest cat whose owners have contacted a book of records. MrDMan
  • Score: -30

3:21pm Tue 20 May 14

sw1983 says...

is that a stuffed cat ?
is that a stuffed cat ? sw1983
  • Score: -20

4:30pm Tue 20 May 14

bearcub1972 says...

What a nice story, well done Poppy for reaching such a great age. Our Poppy (sadly passed away at 18) left us in 2009. Big hugs from a fellow feline lover.
What a nice story, well done Poppy for reaching such a great age. Our Poppy (sadly passed away at 18) left us in 2009. Big hugs from a fellow feline lover. bearcub1972
  • Score: 21

8:29pm Tue 20 May 14

master plan says...

Must be a tortoiseshell thing my mother bought one before I was born a week after my 21st birthday I drove patch to the vets as old age was causing her far to many problems she was a wonderful cat
Must be a tortoiseshell thing my mother bought one before I was born a week after my 21st birthday I drove patch to the vets as old age was causing her far to many problems she was a wonderful cat master plan
  • Score: 8

10:58am Wed 21 May 14

speedy231278 says...

Probably all the preservatives in kebabs!
Probably all the preservatives in kebabs! speedy231278
  • Score: 2

11:48am Wed 21 May 14

AdelaidePete says...

I wish our neighbours fed their cats more, mostly they come into my garden to play with the birds. (Then poop on the veggy bed.)
I wish our neighbours fed their cats more, mostly they come into my garden to play with the birds. (Then poop on the veggy bed.) AdelaidePete
  • Score: 0

4:34pm Wed 21 May 14

Mike R-B says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Probably all the preservatives in kebabs!
.....and horses
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Probably all the preservatives in kebabs![/p][/quote].....and horses Mike R-B
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