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World's Oldest Cat Just Died At Age 32. Here's His Story

A couple of days ago, Nutmeg, the world's oldest cat, passed away at age 32 (144 in cat years). His owners, Liz and Ian Finlay, from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, UK, are having a hard time to cope with grief after the loss of their beloved cat - he was a very special pet for them, whether he was the oldest living cat or not. Read Nutmeg's story below!

When last year Nutmeg was celebrating his 31st birthday, it looked like he still had many lives ahead of him...

Nutmeg celebrating his 31 birthday

... sadly, the beloved cat has recently suffered heart failure and died at the age 32 (144 in cat years) 

Nutmeg getting pets

Nutmeg was thought to be the world's oldest cat. His death left his owners, Liz and Ian Finlay, heartbroken

"After his death we just had to get away for a week's holiday, but it's done nothing to heal the pain as he was such a special pet," Mr Finlay told Daily Mail.

Nutmeg on the couch

"I feel as though my heart has been ripped out. He was a huge character who was dearly loved"

Portrait of Nutmeg

Nutmeg showed up at the Finlay's backyard in 1990, and they decided to take the stray cat in

Nutmeg on the bed with another cat and their owner Liz

Nutmeg with the other family's cat who he quickly befriended.

The family took Nutmeg to the vet to treat his nasty abscess on his neck, and they found out the cat was at least 5 years old

"He knew where he was going to be well off and he particularly loved my wife," explained MrFinlay.

Nutmeg with his owners

Though the Finlays didn't have the paperwork to qualify for Guinness Records, Nutmeg unofficially became the oldest living cat in the world

Nutmeg with his owners and a nurse

"He was not our cat - we were his humans; he never let us forget that"

Nutmeg with owners Liz and Ian Finlay

Nutmeg, you'll be missed.

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