On 11 July, 2001 BBC News has posted amazing story about “the world’s oldest cat” that dies at his 31st.
The name of the famous ginger cat was Spike and he was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. Spike was first bought for two shillings in London’s Brick Lane market in 1970. The owners of the cat Mrs Elkington and her husband have owned the cat since he was seven.
The Guinness Book of Records in 1999 confirmed Spike’s claim to fame as being the world’s oldest living cat after owner Mo Elkington took him to an astonished vet.
The cat’s life almost ended early at 19 years after he was bitten in the throat by Rottweiler dog. His wound become infected and he almost died.
But Spike recovered and become Britain’s most famous feline.
Mrs Elkington attributed Spike’s long life to the Aloe Vera gel she had been putting in the cat food for 10 years.
She fed him a steady diet of fish and cat food, with a little Aloe Vera mixed in to protect him against arthritis and rheumatism.
When Spike turned 30 he still had an original hair, a full set of teeth, went hunting and “ate like a horse”. Measured in human years, Spike was an amazing 140 years old. You can read the original BBC story here- World’s oldest cat dies.
Photo courtesy The Guinness Book of Records 2001
To be completely fair regarding the recording oldest age of feline there was another British record of feline that died in 1957 at the age of 34.
According to Guinness World Records, the oldest cat ever was cat Creme Puff who was born on August 1967 and lived until August 2005 an amazing 38 years and three days. Creme Puff was owned by Jake Perry of Austin, Texas, USA.