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Is this the world's oldest living cat near Sleaford?

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: July 10, 2014

  • Maddie from Burton Pedwardine could be the world's oldest cat.

  • Maddie from Burton Pedwardine could be the world's oldest cat.

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Is this the world's oldest living cat?

The Guinness Book of Records states a cat from Bournemouth called Poppy was the oldest cat alive at the ripe old age of 24.

Poppy sadly died earlier this month, but Amanda and Barry Gray of Burton Pedwardine believe their cat Maddie may actually be older - although they'll never be able to get her age verified for the Guinness Book of Records.

While the couple have only had Maddie for three years, they told the Target that the previous owners have had her since the early 1990s.

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And when we contacted the previous owner's son, Lee Sullivan, he confirmed Maddie was born in 1990 or 1991.

"We got her as a kitten when I was definitely 11 or 12 years old," said Lee, 35.

"We actually thought she was a boy for quite some years and she was known as Braddie. I can't believe she's still going strong."

According to Amanda and Barry the key to Maddie's longevity could be the raw egg she enjoys for her breakfast every day along with plenty of cat treats.

"She's pretty feisty for her age but she moves like an old mechanical thing," Amanda said.

Maddie shares her home with five dogs, two other cats and a cockerel.

"She's quite fearless," Barry said.

"Rather than walking round the dogs she'll just walk right over them. And she'll curl up with the other animals – even the cockerel. She loves to be warm."

Maddie is completely deaf but she has no long term health problems.

Amanda said: "She has a bit of a poorly eye at the moment because it got scratched.

"We think it might have been a feral cat that did it. It formed an abscess and she needed antibiotics but it didn't put her off her food.

"Last winter she had pneumonia.

"We were very worried about it – we really expected the worst. But she just sat in front of the fire and we gave her tuna and lots of other treats and she pulled through. She's a fighter, she doesn't give up."

Maddie enjoys sitting by the fire but she occasionally gets too close and singes her whiskers.

"She loves the fire and she meows at us to light it for her," Amanda said, "She's got the loudest meow I've ever heard."

And Barry added: "She's incredible. She's very affectionate. But she doesn't know how to retract her claws. I think she just forgets."

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