Let’s join together in wishing a heartfelt happy birthday to Nutmeg, the incredible 31-year-old cat who handpicked his human companions 26 years ago. This extraordinary tabby from Gateshead, UK, walked into their lives and captured their hearts. Today, as Nutmeg reaches this remarkable milestone, his owner feels incredibly fortunate to have shared 26 beautiful years of life with him.
Nutmeg, now a super senior cat, may have one deaf ear and only three teeth remaining, but his spirit remains indomitable. Despite facing a serious illness last year, Nutmeg showed incredible resilience and made a remarkable recovery. This wise old feline may have used up one of his nine lives, but he continues to defy the odds and enjoy his golden years.
Liz and Ian Finlay, Nutmeg’s loving owners, vividly remember the day he arrived in their backyard, seeking shelter under a wheelbarrow. “He was very scrawny and had a lump on his neck,” recalls Ian. Concerned for his well-being, they sought help from the Cat Protection League, who estimated Nutmeg to be at least five years old based on the condition of his teeth. Since then, Nutmeg has been a cherished member of their family, offering unwavering loyalty and affection.
Just over a year ago, Nutmeg experienced a frightening health scare when he suffered a stroke. Fearing the worst, Liz and Ian rushed him to the Westway Veterinary Hospital, where Dr. Laura Gillis and the dedicated staff worked tirelessly to save his life. Miraculously, Nutmeg made a remarkable recovery and returned to his usual self after a few days in the hospital. Ian affectionately describes him as a “cracking old guy” who remains as cantankerous as ever, proving that age is no barrier to his feisty personality.
For Liz and Ian, Nutmeg is more than just a pet; he is their beloved family member. They cherish the bond they share with him, acknowledging that he is not their cat but that they are his humans. This deep connection, filled with love and mutual respect, is perhaps the secret to Nutmeg’s long and fulfilling life.
While the official Guinness World Record for the Oldest Living Cat currently stands at 30 years, held by Scooter, Nutmeg certainly has a chance at competing for this prestigious title. As he celebrated his 31st birthday in June, Nutmeg and his family expressed gratitude to Dr. Gillis, who played a vital role in saving his life and ensuring that they could continue to enjoy his companionship.
At the remarkable age of 31, Nutmeg has reached the equivalent of approximately 141 human years. His enduring presence serves as a testament to the love and care provided by his devoted owners. As we celebrate Nutmeg’s milestone birthday, let us share his incredible story, spreading joy and appreciation for the wisdom and longevity of our beloved feline friends.