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World's oldest cat dies at age 24

Just weeks after securing her title as the world's oldest cat, Poppy the tortoiseshell cat has died.

Poppy was born in 1990 and died at the age of 24. To show just how old she was, Western Daily Press points out she lived to see five British Prime ministers.
World's Oldest Cat Dies

Not to mention four U.S. Presidents.

Poppy even got recognition from late night show hosts like Seth Meyers. "That cat is so old if you give it a ball of yarn, it knits."

Poppy was included in the Guinness Book of World Records just last month. The publication notes that while Poppy was the oldest living cat in the world at the time she died, it wasn't always that way.

"The oldest cat in history was a feline called Creme Puff who was born on 3 August 1967 and lived until 6 August 2005 - an amazing 38 years and 3 days."

BBC did a story on Poppy right after she celebrated her 24th birthday at her home in Bournemouth.

"To celebrate Poppy's birthday, we made this massive cat food like cake."
"Two years of a cats life are equal to the first 25 of a humans. After that, every three months account for a year. That makes Poppy 114 years old."

Metro reports Poppy's owner, Jacqui West, was "devastated" after the loss of her pet. The outlet reports Poppy was laid to rest in the family's garden next to other lost and also beloved pets.

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Joy June 11 2014 at 12:00 PM

A very good and long life, Poppy must have been well loved.

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David Joy June 11 2014 at 8:13 PM

Well, HOW else can anyone LIVE this long?

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KATHY&BILL David June 11 2014 at 10:45 PM

Well, guess you will never find out.

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Susan June 11 2014 at 12:34 PM

Our 26 year old Tabby died a few years ago and he ate very, very well the last years of his life. He'd lost all his teeth and I made him fresh crab or shrimp pate', organic chicken pate' and ground organic buffalo every day. I miss that little guy!

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karen_le1 June 11 2014 at 11:38 AM

Godspeed Poppy!

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Lesta June 11 2014 at 12:53 PM

Awww, her owner must be so sad. My sincere condolences.

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MarineBase1 June 11 2014 at 12:23 PM

R.I.P. Poppy!!

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FERNANDO June 11 2014 at 1:51 PM

Give a Cat a loving home and treat tehm like one of the family and he will live a long life free of stress. I had 3 cats in my 58 years and most of them lived into their late teens.

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David FERNANDO June 11 2014 at 8:16 PM

Good for you, Fernando!

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Susan June 11 2014 at 12:26 PM

RIP, Poppy. Sweet girl!

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Diana June 11 2014 at 11:45 AM

I had a cat that lived to be 19. The vet told me I was feeding him the wrong food, people food and cat food, but he made a lie of that. He finally died when he broke his jaw or he would probably have gone on for a while longer. Hope he and Poppy are buds.

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cinismax Diana June 11 2014 at 6:59 PM

they need cat food a couple bites of chicken once in a while along with their food

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Alice Gould June 11 2014 at 12:28 PM

My Aunt had a cat older than his one. Thing is she never called and reported her age so she won't count....to bad she was over 24 pushing close to 30

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tracy1ny Alice Gould June 12 2014 at 5:02 AM

Yes, they do go that long... I posted of one I met at a vets office around 1996 that was said 30 by the owner and truly looked it.. very very very old looking!

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ambonding June 11 2014 at 11:58 AM

R.I.P. Sweet Ktty

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eileenfoster2 ambonding June 11 2014 at 4:23 PM

With my wishes also

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