Poppy the cat was born in 1990 — the same month in which Nelson Mandela was released from his South African prison. No one could have guessed back then that 24 years later Poppy would be immortalized by entering on May 19 the Guinness World Record book as the oldest cat.
Well, Poppy, who lived in Bournemouth, U.K., did win the award, following the death of her rival Pinky from Kansas who passed away at the age of 23 last year. But Poppy died last Friday following a water infection and a problem with her hind legs. Her owner Jacqui West said she was devastated:
We knew she was old but it’s still very upsetting.
She had a bad week last week. She was on antibiotics on the Wednesday because of a water infection and her back legs just seemed to let her down. She wasn’t herself at all.
She passed away on Friday at 3.30pm. I had spent the whole day with her as she was particularly poorly.
Well, at least Poppy left something memorable behind, although she wasn’t the oldest cat ever. That distinction belongs to Creme Puff from Austin, Texas , who lived for an amazing 38 years and three days. (Scroll down for the video.)
And here is the video:
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