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The Oldest Domestic Cat

The average life expectancy for a neutered, well looked after cat is now 15 - 17 years for a male and 17 - 19 years for a female. However, Ma, a female tabby owned by Alice St. George Moore of Drewsteignton, Devon, UK was 24 years old when she died in 1957. This record was actually beaten by another tabby - Puss, owned by Mrs Holway of Clayhidon, Devon, UK. He was 36 years old when he died in 1939. So if you're a cat and you want to live a long life, it might be worth moving to Devon. I wonder whether humans fare as well there ?

The Largest Domestic Cat

Himmy, owned by Thomas Vyse of Redlynch, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, still holds the title of being the heaviest recorded cat. When he died at the age of 10 in 1986, he weighed 46lbs 15 ¼ oz (21.3 kg). Imagine him jumping on your knee whilst you're
watching TV ! A neutered male tabby, his neck measured 15in (38.1cm), his waist 33 in (83.8cm) and he was 38 in (96.5cm) long. Another cat named Poppa came very close to Himmy's record. He was a male tabby, owned by Gwladys Cooper of Newport, Gwent, UK and weighed 44 ½ lbs (20.19 kg) a year before he died in 1985.

The Smallest Domestic Cat

Tinker Toy, owned by Katrina & Scott Forbes of Taylorville, Illinois, USA holds this record. He is a male blue point Himalayan- Persian and measures just 2 ¾ ins (7cm) tall and 7 ½ ins (19 cm) long. He'd be a bit more welcome on your knee, although you might be afraid of losing him !

The Most Prolific Domestic Cat

When Dusty, a tabby from Bonham, Texas, USA gave birth to her final kitten in 1952, she had produced 420 kittens in 17 years. Ouch !

The Oldest Feline Mother

A little way behind Dusty was Kitty owned by George Johnstone of Croxton, Staffs, UK. In 1987, she gave birth to her last two kittens at the age of 30. When she died 2 years later, she had produced a total of 218 kittens during her life.

The Largest Pet Litter

This record goes to a Burmese/Siamese cat owned by V. Gane of Church Westcote, Kingham, Oxon, UK who gave birth to 19 kittensin one go in 1970.

The Best Mouser

Towser, a female tortoiseshell owned by the Glenturret Distillery Ltd, Crief, Tayside,
UK holds this title. When she died in 1987 at the age of 24, she had caught a total of 28,899 mice - an average of 3 per day.

The Best Climber

In 1950, a four month old kitten owned by Josephine Aufdenblatten from Geneva, Switzerland walked into the record books by following a group of climbers to the top of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. The height of which is 14,691 ft (4478m).



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