Nutmeg may be 141 in cat years, but don't let that fool you—he's still young at heart. Although the tabby has just three teeth left and no longer ventures outside, his humans insist that he's still going strong. Not bad for a cat who lived through the Reagan years, Goodfellas, and lord only knows how many SNL casts.
Nutmeg's humans say the secret to their cat's longevity is being spoiled rotten—getting all the tuna, hot roast chicken, and cream he wants.
"Nutmeg has been very well cared for. He has his own room in the house," Ian, 66, told The Sun. "He is part of the family. We always say we are his humans, rather than he is our cat. We are very proud that Nutmeg is the oldest cat in the world, but to us, he is just our pet."
Nutmeg was first introduced to Ian and his wife, Liz, by their then-kitty Spice, who crossed the bridge in the early aughts. Nutmeg made himself right at home, and the rest is history.
Liz says, "Nutmeg is like a lovable old grandpa. He is very gentle, but he has changed as he has got older, just like humans do.
"He is grumpier now, and his meow is more like a growl."
"He had a stroke last year and the vet told us we might want to consider putting him down. We decided that if he was going to die it would be with us at home, but he slowly recovered."
Looking at him today, it's easy to believe that Nutmeg still has some good years ahead of him.Here's hoping the next 31 are just as happy as the first!
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