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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 - 15:45
She's feline her age! Poppy named world's oldest cat at 24 (that's 114 in human years)
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Poppy the cat is certainly feline her age - after being recognised as the world’s oldest cat at 24 years.

The tortoiseshell puss from Bournemouth was born in February 1990, making her a ripe old 114 in human years.

She has lived through 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.

At the age of five she was adopted by Marguerite Corner and her daughter Jacqui.

When she was ten she went with Jacqui who had moved in with future husband Andy West.

The couple now have two sons - Joe, 11 and Toby, eight - and Poppy shares their home with four other cats, two rabbits and a hamster.

She is deaf and blind, but despite her age and frailty she is still the boss of the house and if the other cats try their luck with her they are swiftly dealt with.

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.





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