Poppy, the 24 year old cat from Bournemouth, UK who was recognized by Guinness World Records as “Oldest Cat Currently Living” last month, has passed away. Poppy was officially recognized by Guinness on May 19 and died last Friday, on June 6. While Poppy’s passing was not unexpected, her family say they are devastated nonetheless.
Poppy’s owner, Jacqui West, is quoted in the Western Daily Press, where she spoke about Poppy’s passing and its impact on her family:
“We knew she was old but it’s still very upsetting,”Jacqui said.
“She had a bad week last week. She was on antibiotics on the Wednesday because of a water infection and her back legs just seemed to let her down. She wasn’t herself at all.
“She passed away on Friday at 3.30pm. I had spent the whole day with her as she was particularly poorly.
“We knew it was going to happen but we’re all still completely devastated. It’s only just starting to sink in.
“It’s great she managed to get the World Record before hand, it’s almost like she was purposely hanging in there because the process took months.
“We’ve buried her in the garden now, alongside all of the other pets we’ve had that have passed away. ”
“We’ve got got four other cats at the moment.
“We’ve all taken the news very strangely – including the other cats.
“All of us are off food, the other cats didn’t eat all day on Friday and they all seem to be loitering around waiting for Poppy to come home.
“I think it is going to take us a little while to come to terms with it – it’s very said.”
Guinness World Records has not yet made an announcement on Poppy’s successor as World’s Oldest Living Cat. There are several cats whose owners say they are old enough to be in contention for the title. Guinness makes its choice based on documentation for the cat’s age.
For more, see our post of May 19, 2014: Poppy Takes Oldest Living Cat Title at 24.