Su­per-cat Tammy could be UK’s old­est, aged 26

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ACAT in Mac­cles­field is stak­ing a claim to be the old­est in the UK.

And at 26 years and 26 days, Tammy, who lives on the Moss with owner Anna Gough, is a whisker away from be­ing the old­est in the world.

The moggy – who is the equiv­a­lent of 121 hu­man years – was born on March 18, 1990. This makes her just seven months younger than Amer­i­can cat Cor­duroy, born in Au­gust 1989, which ac­cord­ing to Guin­ness World Records is the old­est cat liv­ing.

Tammy was bought as a com­pan­ion for fam­ily cat Boots when Anna was four, and since then the pair have been in­sep­a­ra­ble.

Anna, 29, said: “I never thought Tammy would last this long. She is pretty healthy, although a lit­tle wob­bly and deaf, which prob­a­bly comes in handy shar­ing a house with a four-year-old and two dogs.

“Peo­ple are amazed when I tell her she is 26 and say it must some kind of record. I will have to fill in the forms and see.

“She has been a per­ma­nent fix­ture in my life, I love her to bits and I’m dread­ing the day she goes.”

Anna, who used to push Tammy around in a pram, said: “I picked her out when she was 12 weeks old. We ini­tially thought she was a boy and named her Thomas. But when we reg­is­tered her with the vets we found out she was a girl.

“She never left my side. It got pretty bad to the point that I would in­sist Tammy slept with me and had her be­side me on the pil­low.

“Some­times my poor mum and dad had to go out into the street at night to find Tammy to bring her back so I would go to bed.”

Anna lives with fi­ancée An­dre and their son Theo, four. With such a busy house Tammy spends some of her time at her ‘re­tire­ment home’ with Anna’s mum An­drea in Wha­ley Bridge.

Anna, a sales man­ager, said: “Tammy has al­ways been an out­doorsy cat, so sun­ning her­self in mum’s gar­den is a great way to end her days. We’re giv­ing the old lady a qui­eter life.

“These days she can’t groom her­self as much so I get to do it. I’m re­pay­ing her for all the friend­ship and com­pany she gave me when I was small.”

Am­ber-Ge­orgina Gill, from Guin­ness World Records Ltd, said: “This is an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment and one to ri­val the cur­rent record holder Cor­duroy in the USA.

“Guin­ness World Records mon­i­tors all dif­fer­ent kinds of achieve­ment and Tammy and her owner Anna are more than wel­come to ap­ply on­line via our web­site to sub­mit her ev­i­dence for ver­i­fi­ca­tion.”

Do­minic Sal­ter

●● Tammy with her owner Anna Gough and as a young cat (above left)

●● The Shelby fam­ily as Peaky Blin­ders re­turns for a third se­ries

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