Thursday, May 22, 2014


Recently, the Guinness Book of Records said that a British cat named Poppy was the oldest living cat in the whole world.  Or at least the oldest cat that anybody knows about.  Poppy is a tortoiseshell kitty, and she was born in February, 1990, which means she is 24 years old.  In human years, she is 114.

Poppy and her birthday cake
Photo:  David Hedges/SWNS

The cat who used to be the oldest was named Pinky, and she lived in Kansas.  Pinky died last year at the age of 23.  The oldest cat ever was Creme Puff, in Austin TX, who lived to be 38 years and 3 days old, which totally blows my mind.

Anyway, when Poppy was 5, she was adopted by Marguerite Corner and her daughter Jacqui.  Then at age 10, she went to live with Jacqui and her future husband.  Now there are 2 boys in the family, plus 4 cats, 2 rabbits, and a hamster, in addition to Poppy.

As Poppy got older, she became deaf and blind, but she is still the boss of the house.  If one of the other cats tries to eat her food, she bites that cat on the ear.

Poppy posing with her family and Guinness certificate
Photo:  David Hedges/SWNS

Poppy's owner says that the cat has lived a long life because of good diet and lots of exercise.  "She keeps herself fit by walking around, and she eats a lot," says Jacqui.  "She has biscuits in the morning and tinned food later on.  She's never been a big cat, though."  Jacqui adds that Poppy also likes carryout food such as KFC chicken, fish and chips, or kebab meat.

There have been times when Poppy's health got very bad, and the family thought she would die.  But so far, she has always pulled through.  If she keeps doing that, maybe she will make it to 38, like that Texas cat did!

A generic elderly dog

It's harder to compare the records for the oldest living dog because the length of a dog's life depends a lot on what breed it is.  In general, small breeds live longer than big ones, but there are exceptions to every rule, or at least that's what people say.

Anyway, it turns out that Wikipedia has a list of all the dogs who have lived the longest.  There are 4 dogs on the list who are still alive, and if they stay alive, they might end up beating out the dogs with long lives who are already dead.  So here's the list of the 4 living dogs, which was last updated on May 21, 2014.

MINIUS -- rescued 1-16-85; at least 29 yrs, 125 days old; cross breed; Poland

SMOKEY -- born 1-18-86; 28 yrs, 123 days old; Shih Tzu, U.S.

BRICCIOLA -- rescued March 1989; 25+ years old; mutt; Italy

MICHAELA -- born 10-6-93; 20 yrs, 227 days old; Cairn Terrier, U.S.

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