Nutmeg, the cat who’s thought to be the oldest moggy in the world, has just died. He was 32 years old.
In cat years, Nutmeg is already 144 years old.
He suffered from heart failure and was taken to Newcastle’s Westway Veterinary Group, where he didn’t make it. It was heartbreaking for Liz and Ian Finlay, Nutmeg’s humans, who said that Nutmeg’s death affected them deeply.
Nutmeg was found in the garden of the Finlay home in 1990. He was in a bad condition with a neck abscess. The couple then took him to Cats Protection, where he was estimated to be five years old.
Nutmeg definitely made the most out of his nine lives.
Nutmeg and His loving humans.
The furball had been going for treatments at the hospital after a stroke in 2015. While Nutmeg was able to fight off to stay alive, his latest illness made owners accept the heart-wrenching decision that he needs to be put to sleep.
The 32-year-old cat was deeply loved by his owners.
Mr. Finlay opened up to Express about the pain of losing their beloved cat.
Nutmeg during his 31st birthday celebration.
“I can hardly put into words how much we miss him. It has left a big hole in our lives, but we still feel he is with us in spirit. After his death, we just had to get away for a week’s holiday, but it’s done nothing to heal the pain as he was such a special pet.”
“He was not our cat – we were his humans and he never let us forget that. I think that was the secret to his long life.”
Domesticated cats tend to live long years with proper care and nutrition and with owners who constantly provide them with love and attention. They have an average lifespan of 15 years and Nutmeg managed to live past that.
The oldest cat ever was Crème Puff, who was 38 at the time of her death on August 6, 2005.
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