Until I get my book finished around July 4 (God bless America!), you’ll have to live largely on persiflage. Here’s some.
According to the BBC Newsbeat, the world’s oldest cat, a tortoiseshell named Poppie, has died at her home in Bournemouth, England, She was 24.
Here’s a recent photo of Poppie her birthday party (the cake looks like a couple cans of wet food), and I must say that the cat looks aged. But she was of course well loved.
The tortoiseshell was born in February 1990 and was officially recognised by Guinness World Records in May.
Poppy, who has lived through five British prime ministers lived with her owners Jacqui West and her two sons Joe and Toby at their home in Bournemouth on the south coast of England.
“We knew she was old but it’s still very upsetting,” said Jacqui.
Here’s a soupçon of information:
The average age for a cat is 15.
Experts generally agree that the first two years of a cat’s life are equal to 25 human years. After that, every three months is said to be a year.
This theory would make Poppy 114 in cat years.
But Poppie didn’t come near the longevity record for felids, which is held by a Texas cat named Creme Puff, who died in 2005, aged 38 years and 3 days! According to the formula above, that would make Creme Puff the human equivalent of a 169-year old.
I posted about Creme Puff last year (his owner, Jake Perry, produced many old cats, attributing their longevity to a diet of asparagus bacon and eggs). but also about a living cat, Wadsworth, who was 27 in March, 2013. I wonder what happened to him?
I’ll repost the video about crusty old Jake Perry and his superannuated cats. As I said at the time:
Here’s a 9.5-minute video of Jake Perry and some of his many his cats. It’s lovely—watch it! You can see Perry cooking breakfast for the cats; “Granpa”, a Sphynx, makes an appearance [he lived to 34!]; and record-holder Creme Puff finally shows up at 7:23, looking very good for 35!