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Although, in veterinary medicine, there is no official definition of ‘geriatric’ and individual cats may show a great deal of variation in the ageing process, most cats are considered geriatric when they have reached 15 years of age.

However, with improvements in nutrition and veterinary medicine, the life expectancy of pet cats is increasing and there are now more elderly cats than ever before.

The oldest cat ever is Creme Puff, who was born on August 3, 1967 and lived until August 6, 2005 an amazing 38 years and three days.  Creme Puff lived with her owner, Jake Perry, in Texas, USA.

Also deserving a mention are  Puss, who was born in 1903. Puss was owned by Mrs T. Holway of Devon.

Puss passed away on 29th November, 1939, one day after his 36th birthday.

And finally, there’s Granpa who lived to the ripe old age of 34.  Granpa Rexs Allen (Granpa for short) was a Sphynx adopted from the Humane Society in Texas, USA.

According to Guiness  World Records the new record holder for the world’s oldest recorded living cat is Poppy who was born in February 1990 which makes her 24. Poppy lives with her owner in Bournemouth.

How Old is My Cat in Human Years?

The best way to put this into perspective is by equating your cat’s age with the human equivalent. The first two years of your cat’s life correspond with a huge amount of human emotional and physical development, the first year being equivalent to fifteen years of human life and the second year to twenty four.

For cats over the age of two, the best formula to use is: Equivalent human age = 24 + [(your cat’s age – 2) x 4]

However, if that equation has got your brain tied up in knots, here’s a chart!