Cat Turns 27, Was the Runt of His Litter

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When Ann Mundy of Bedforshire, England, adopted her cat Wadsworth as a kitten, he was the runt of his litter and suffered from several health problems. Mundy was able to get the kitten healthy with the help of veterinarians, but she probably didn't expect him to live an extra-long life after his tough start. Surprise: Waddy is now 27 years old, according to BBC News.

"He was very poorly and sick when we got him," Mundy said of her cat. "He was back and forth to the vets in the first few weeks. He was full of infection but with the help of the vets we nursed him back to health." The vets who treated Waddy in his first months still treat him today, and verified his remarkable age.

Mundy says that Waddy is like a typical old man. He's more of a picky eater than he used to be, and of course he's not as active as he once was. "H
e gets up, goes out, comes in, has his food and then goes back to sleep," Mundy said. He has a few health issues, including hyperthyroidism, but his vet, Gill Monsell, says that overall Waddy is "very stable and doing very well."

Other cats in England whose owners have claimed them to be the oldest in the country were ages 25 and 26. If Waddy's age of 27 is indeed true, he is certainly among the oldest living cats in the U.K., if not the very oldest. The oldest cat on record was Creme Puff, who lived in Texas, and died in 2005 at the age of 38.


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