Still purring 25 years on

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

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

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