After my recent story about the oldest horse in the world, I received an email about a cat, probably the oldest cat in the world. Naturally, I was interested, did a little research and wrote my contact back to say, “I’m on it. Love the subject!”
This old kitty just celebrated his 27th birthday. Imagine that – 27 years old for a cat – that would translate to around 125 years old. What a grand old kitty he is.
Of course, there’s no certain way to claim that Waddy, short for Wadsworth, is absolutely the oldest cat in the world or even in England at this moment. We can be certain about thing – he is definitely in the running. The title of oldest cat ever is held by Creme Puff, who lived in Texas and was 38 when she passed away in 2005.
Originally, Waddy was named after British beer. His owner, Ann Munday of Bedfordshire, England, has had him since the time of his adoption in 1986. Waddy was a little slip of a cat, just four weeks old, when he teamed up with Munday. He was so tiny, Munday suspected the mother cat rejected him because he was sickly.
"When I got him, I think he must have been the runt of the litter. He’s got no claws on his back feet,” Munday said.
Remembering back, Munday continued, "He was very poorly and sick when we got him. He was back and forth to the vets in the first few weeks. He was full of infection."
Waddy’s veterinarian Gill Monsell said that he’s mostly healthy. “Waddy has only a few old-age ailments like hyperthyroidism. Mrs. Munday does a fantastic job of treating him and he is very stable on the medication."
Munday has always had cats for pets, and she considers Waddy “an absolute dream.”
She said, "He has been a fantastic companion since my husband died 13 years ago."
Munday thinks of Waddy as a loving four-legged companion, At the age of 125 cat years, Waddy has slowed down a lot. Munday lovingly describes him as a "little old man" who mainly eats and sleeps.
Right now, Waddy is probably the oldest living feline unless someone can tell us he’s not.
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