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British cat could be oldest in the world

Friday, 15th March 2013

A cat from Bedford may very well be the oldest living feline in the world, having recently celebrated his 27th birthday.

Wandsworth had been adopted by owner Ann Monday back in 1986 after being discarded by his previous owners for being too scrawny, but has gone on to outlive the rest of the litter and is now in fantastic health for an animal of his age.

To call Wandsworth - more commonly known as Waddy - a late bloomer would be something of an understatement, with Ms Monday describing her pet as "the runt of the litter" and "full of infection" when she first got him, although insists that "he has gone from strength to strength" ever since.

It has not yet been confirmed whether or not Waddy really is the oldest cat in the world, although the current record for the longest-living feline ever is held by Creme Puff, who reached the age of 38 before passing away in Texas in 2005.

While the life expectancy of cats can vary, the best way to keep your pet healthy into old age is to maintain a regular supply of cat food and medication, as well as making frequent trips to the vet.