Welsh cat claims to be 39, making it world's oldest

The Welsh owners of a tabby cat say they just figured out last summer that Lucy is 39. Llanelli town councilman Bill Thomas says he inherited Lucy in 1999 from his wife’s godmother, Maria Lewis, who owned the Thomas Street chip shop, where the cat worked. Last summer a relative who worked at the shop visited and recognized Lucy.

“The cat was a large cat then and she confirmed all this to us last year when she visited us, she was surprised that the cat was still alive,” Thomas told the local press.

Before that they just knew she was old. The oldest cat currently alive is either Possum, who is only 28 and lives in Tampa or a Burmese called Kataleena Lady who lives in Melbourne, Australia, and claims to be 32. Cat World says the alltime oldest cat was Cream Puff who lived to 38 in Texas and that several other cats have been known to live into their 30s.

Thomas says Lucy is still in amazing health and good cheer. She still plays in the backyard and with their grandchildren. “She has been to the vet a couple of times, she has gone deaf and she had some condition in her coat which we took her down for and they gave her an injection and she’s okay…She’s a bit stiff but she gets up for her food.”

Thomas actually credits the cat’s independent streak for her longevity.

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1 comment to Welsh cat claims to be 39, making her world’s oldest

  • My siamese cat follows me everywhere around the house. He sleeps in my bed with me and he talks normally only to me. He also seems to forgive me more easily than others(ex. when I step on his tail). Do seal point siamese cats have that in common?