Despite having just three teeth and being no longer willing to venture outside looking for adventure, Nutmeg is still going strong.
He inherits the title from Scooter, a Siamese from Mansfield, Texas, who was named a record breaker at the age of 30 by the Guinness Book Of World Records but died in May.
The average lifespan of a cat is about 15 years. However Nutmeg’s owners Liz and Ian Finlay say the secret to their cat’s long life is being spoilt rotten.
The couple, from Blaydon, Tyne and Wear, confess to regularly feeding him treats including tuna, cream and hot roast chicken.
Ian, 66, said: “Nutmeg has been very well cared for. He has his own room in the house.
We always say we are his humans, rather than he is our cat
Nutmeg has accompanied Ian and shop worker Liz, 62, through life as they celebrated landmark wedding anniversaries, moved home and mourned the loss of loved ones.
Ian, a retired caravan park warden, said: “Nutmeg was very close to my father Robert who died when he was 93.
“But he managed to claw his way out and we couldn’t believe it when we saw him sitting on the fence watching the firework display, happy as anything.”
Liz and Ian gave Nutmeg a home in 1990 after their other cat Spice, who died in the early 2000s, kept bringing home a stray friend.
The childless couple decided to adopt the tabby and took him to a vet who judged him to be five years old.
He looks like he’s had about 140 years too many of that woman’s shit