World's Oldest Cat Finally Passes Away at 32 Years Old

Posted by Jason Sarna
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A cat's average lifespan is 15 years and this cat lived to be 32!

When Liz and Ian Finlay's cat Spice (who died in the early 2000s) started bringing around a stray, they had no idea of the impact the friendly Tabby would have on their lives.

The Finlay's eventually adopted the stray, whom they named Nutmeg. According to People, aside from treatment for an abscess on his neck, Nutmeg had lived a healthy life until he suffered a serious seizure and stroke in 2015.

Luckily, Nutmeg appeared to fully recover from the incident. Check out a video of Nutmeg and his owner from 2016 below:

Sadly, Nutmeg's health took a turn for the worse this summer, and he passed away from old age on Aug. 29 after a long life.

"We both feel like our hearts have been ripped out. He was our little boy," Mr. Finlay told Metro. "He went downhill so quickly it was unbelievable. He suffered from a bad tooth and he had rasping breath. We knew that when we went to the vet's that he wouldn't be coming home. It was an unspoken solace."

The Finlays, who have no children, considered Nutmeg to be their son. They have no plans on getting another cat, as the heartbreak of losing one again is just too much.

According to Metro U.K., the Finlays had no idea they were the owners of the world's oldest cat until Ian spoke with a vet from the Westway Veterinary Centre in a supermarket.

Ian said:

"Obviously he had such a long and good life - we spoilt him rotten. I would have loved a little more time with him, but that is just being selfish. He just reached a certain age and just knew it was his time to go. He started to get really thin and just gave up. He is probably up there now causing mischief."


According to the 2010 edition of Guinness World Records, the official oldest cat to ever live was named Creme Puff from Austin, Texas, who died at the age of 38. Although Nutmeg wasn't able to hold out that long as a record breaker, living to 32 is still very impressive. And to live a happy life as an old cat is just as sweet.

What's the oldest cat you've ever owned? Let us know in the comments section below!

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World's Oldest Cat Finally Passes Away at 32 Years Old