A cat named Cola, reportedly nearing her 28th birthday, is in the running for World’s Oldest Living Cat if her age can be verified.
The current official oldest living cat according to Guinness World Records is Pinky, a cat from Hoyt, Kansas who will turn 24 on October 31, 2013.
Older than Pinky, however, Wadsworth, from Ravensden, Bedfordshire, UK, was thought to be Britain’s oldest living cat until Cola’s story turned up. Wadsworth turned 27 earlier this year. (See our story from March 13, 2013, Wadsworth Turns 27, May be World’s Oldest Cat.)
Wadsworth has veterinary records that support claims for his age. Cola has only been to the vet once, when she was spayed.
Cola, from Orpington, Kent UK, was born in 1985, according to owner Mary Goldsmith, which would make her the oldest cat ever. Ms. Goldsmith has had Cola since her kitten days.
Cola’s guardian attributes her longevity to a combination of treats and exercise.
Cola’s story is told below: