His owners are heartbroken and say the death of their beloved moggy has left a massive hole in their lives.
Nutmeg chose his humans by showing up in their backyard some 2y years ago. Loving owners Liz and Ian Finlay took the cat in back in 1990 as a stray who befriended their own cat Spice. When they brought the kitty to their local Cats Protection to treat Nutmeg’s abscess on the neck, they told the owners the cat was at least 5 years old.
He first came into the spotlight for being a challenger to the mantle of oldest cat in the world. At the time he had three teeth and no longer ventured outside. Until his death, he was thought to be the oldest cat in the world, taking the crown of 26-year-old Corduroy, the Guinness World Record holder.
At the end of August, Nutmeg the long-lived feline came down with breathing difficulties, but vets were unable to save him after he suffered heart failure and he was put to sleep in early September. He died at the age of 32, that is 144 in cat years.
His owners Liz and Ian Finlay, who cared for him for 27 years, said that the secret to their cat’s long life was to spoil him rotten with treats such as tuna, cream and hot roast chicken.
The oldest cat ever was Creme Puff, who was born on August 3, 1967 and lived until August 6, 2005 – which is 38 years and three days. Creme Puff lived with her owner, Jake Perry, in Austin, Texas.