Could this cat living in the UK be the oldest in the world?

A couple from Newcastle believe Nutmeg may be a record-breaking feline, claiming he has reached the grand old age of 31.

Liz and Ian Finlay are looking for documentation to support their claim for the cat they adopted as a stray.

The couple say they took Nutmeg, who they found in their garden in 1990, to their local Cats Protection League, where vets told them he was at least five years old.

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The Westway Veterinary Group posted photos of Nutmeg celebrating his birthday on Facebook. Photo / Facebook
The Westway Veterinary Group posted photos of Nutmeg celebrating his birthday on Facebook. Photo / Facebook

"We celebrate his birthday in March every year so we know it was around March 1990 when we got him," Mr Finlay told the Newcastle Chronicle.

"I sorted out [an] abscess on his neck and then we took him to the Cats Protection League to check him over. The vet there said he was an adult, around five years."

They say the secret to Nutmeg's long life is his love of chicken.

"He comes in every morning at 5am from his bed next door and we get up and feed him. We have no children so he is our baby."

The Westway Veterinary Group posted photos of Nutmeg celebrating his birthday on Facebook.

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Meet Nutmeg, who's still going strong at the ripe old age of 31 - thanks to Westway Vets. The moggy marvel underwent lifesaving treatment after suffering a seizure 12 months ago.
Blaydon couple Liz and Ian Finlay adopted the former stray 26 years ago when he arrived unexpectedly in their garden.
But they feared they were about to lose their treasured tabby a year ago, when he was rushed to Westway’s main veterinary hospital on West Road in Newcastle, where he was treated by vet Laura Gillis.
Now he's back to health, we invited him back with his owners to celebrate his 31st birthday with vet Laura.
Happy birthday Nutmeg!

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Corduroy, aged 26, is officially the oldest cat in the world. He lives with his owner, Ashley Reed Okura, in Sisters, Oregon, in the United States.

Corduroy doing his best Sphinx impression. #meow #oldestlivingcat #catlove

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"The secret has been allowing him to be a cat - hunting and getting plenty of love," explained Mrs Reed Okura when Corduroy was crowned by Guinness World Records.

Born on August 1, 1989, Corduroy and his owner have been companions since he was a tiny kitten and she was just seven years old.