Still purring 25 years on
ONE of the UK’s oldest cats may have been found living right here on Teesside.
The owners of Sooty the black cat, from Thorntree, Middlesbrough, claim she is at least 25 - and is one of the oldest domestic felines in the country.
Gary Mann, 53, did not know Sooty’s age until his parents, Colin and Barbara, passed away last year.
And at just over 25, that would equate to 117 in human years.
Gary’s sister Kathryn Lane said: “We lost our mum and dad last year and my brother lived with them.
“Now he’s on his own and the cat just seems to live forever.
“We were wondering how old she was. My mum used to say she was 22.
“Then we found a picture of my son when he was a baby and the cat was in the photo - and he turned 25 last week.”
Her son Shaun, the tot in the picture, is now in the Army.
Kathryn, a hairdresser who is also a part-time carer for her brother, said: “My parents have had lots of pets over the years. They also had a spaniel that has just died aged 15.
“Sooty eats like a king - that’s why she’s lived so long! She only eats fresh chicken and fresh salmon. But she is looking old. She’s a bag of bones, a little skeleton really, but the vet says she’s fine.”
The oldest cat ever, according to Guinness World Records, died in Texas, USA, in August 2005 at the age of 38.
Gary Mann who inherited his parents’ cat, Sooty when they died