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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-06-2013, 03:36 PM
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My friend has a cat, she is 20 or 21, doing quite good as for her age. They adopted her from shelter as a kitten, she has been eating junk grocery food almost whole her life (now she eats whatever she wants and she lives vanilla ice cream apparently) so I assume she has excellent genes.

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I believe a friend had a cat that lived to 20+, but I only knew the cat briefly in the last year of her life. And that was getting close to 15 years ago! Wow, time flies.

As far as cats I've known a little better than that, my current cat Blaze is the oldest I've known, at 17. Most other cats I've known have made it to 14, 15, 16, and possibly early 17 years old.

Along with the dogs Tara and Coco.
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Oh how I wish my cats would stay with me that long! The oldest
I've had was Jamie, who died at a conservative estimate of 19, as
he was an adult when he showed up in my stable. I know he ran
my stable with me for over 18 years, and I think he would have
lived a lot longer had the hay delivery man not stacked 2 weeks
worth of hay bales on top of him as he slept. I also had Tristan,
my Himalayan, who made it to 18, and Meggie, a magnificent red
tabby lady, who died just a few months ago at 17. Sadly, most
in my circle seem to choose 15 as the age to head for The Bridge.

*sigh* I'll keep hoping for cats to reach that second decade with me.
It's good to know that so many others are lasting so long

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The title is self explanatory,but what is the oldest cat you've had or known. My aunt's two cats lived to be 23 and 25 years old. My husband had two cats when we met that passed away when they were 19 years old.

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post #14 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 09:31 AM
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My mom had a white, long -hair, stray who was left in our yard. She was named Smudgen. She was 31 when she died this past summer. She just walked into mom's room, fell over and was gone. We all thought she would live forever. She was never sick, never went to the vet except to get spayed and kitten shots, never went outside.

She also stole roasts off the kitchen counter right up until she died.
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I still have the first cat I have ever owned and he is going to be 11 this year. My old co worker has a cat that is 21, I haven't seen her in a couple years so I don't know if she is still going, but she looked excellent!
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The oldest cat we ever had was a female barn cat, she was grey with pink points and lived at least 23 years after she showed up at my barn. We were guessing she was 4 or 5 when she showed up. When she died she was curled up in the stall of our one stallion, Bud, who was her favorite horse, and he was laying down curled around her and wouldn't let us take her away until she was completley stiff and cold. I think I have a picture of them laying together, maybe I can find it?
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My horse is soooo bonded with a farm cat it's almost unbelievable - as a result I find this so easy to imagine. When Rascal's mother died just over two years ago, this ccat (Tiger-Lily) wouldn't leave her either in the field or the stable.
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post #18 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-08-2013, 05:24 PM
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The oldest (verifiable) cat that I knew of was my next door neighbour's cat. It died at 24. She had it as a kitten. She used to put a mirror under her nose in the morning to see if she was still breathing!

My Gran had a cat that lived til 22.

The oldest I have had was Spud, he was at least 18 (we had him 17 years, he was fully grown when we took him in), the vet figured he could have been as old as 20.
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My grandparents had cats to be a good age but for me Baxter and Barnaby were both 13 . Baxter died suddenly 11/1/11 in our living room, where I was woken up to my Dad yelling up to my Mom "There is something wrong with Baxter!, oh god! I think he's dead " sorry I just still cannot get that whole night out of my head. Barnaby was 13 and we had to put him to sleep on January 15th, he was sick, and had a mass in his stomache/intestines area, he was scheduled for a ultrasound the next day, but he came from outside the house dragging his back legs and the vet thinks that he had a blood clot and he was suffering . My first cat was only 10 when my parents had to put him down, apparently we were extremely close but I really cannot remember since I was only 7 when he died. Yeah...

Rocky born April 29th, 2011, Lily born June 5th, 2011, and
Henry born October 10, 2013 (all estimates )
R.I.P Baxter August 21st, 1998-November 1st, 2011.
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My horse had his own cat at one point as well. A white
cat named Skeezix adopted him and they were very close.
On very cold days I would find Skeezix in Johnny's stall,
curled up on his rug, sleeping. What was entertaining was
that the rug was on the horse at the time, and the cat
was sleeping on his rump.

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