Is Pickle the city’s old­est cat?

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

When Pickle the cat was born, Eric Can­tona was fir­ing Manch­ester United to the league and cup dou­ble and Jim Car­rey’s Ace Ven­tura: Pet De­tec­tive was a box of­fice smash.

The af­fec­tion­ate and gen­tle cat, who was born in the same year as Eng­land foot­baller Ra­heem Ster­ling and singer Harry Styles, has now spent more than 24 years as the fo­cal point of the Green house­hold in cen­tral Peter­bor­ough, and it is thought she may be the old­est cat in the city.

Pickle was adopted by the Green fam­ily when she was just five months old, and owner John, who was 10 at the time, never imag­ined she would still be pot­ter­ing around the house off Thorpe Road all these years later at an age equiv­a­lent to 114 in hu­man years.

The fe­line’s ad­vanced years are notable for a do­mes­tic cat which have an av­er­age life span of only 12 to 15 years.

John and wife Katy put Pickle’s ad­vanced age down to her lov­ing na­ture and her abil­ity to over­come the health prob­lems that have come her way.

John said: “Pickle is a lit­tle deaf and isn’t as ag­ile as she used to be, but we think she is in great shape for a cat of 24 and is very happy in her old age.

“She is spoilt and has her own lit­tle spot on the sofa which we wouldn’t dare sit on.

“We give her the oc­ca­sional treat and on Christ­mas Day she’ll sit on a chair at the din­ing ta­ble with us and eat a lit­tle roast beef. She’s even been known to wear a party hat.

“My par­ents first adopted Pickle and her sis­ter Pep­per when I was 10 years old.

“Sadly, Pep­per died young, but Pickle has lived at the same house all this time as I in­her­ited the prop­erty.”

Pickle did go miss­ing once, but luck­ily she didn’t roam far as the neigh­bours found her snug on their sofa. She also had a lucky es­cape af­ter get­ting in a tus­sle with a fox, but thank­fully her in­juries weren’t too se­ri­ous.

The Greens started to no­tice a change in Pickle’s health when she was around 17. This has in­cluded arthri­tis and teeth prob­lems, but reg­u­lar trips to Best Friends Ve­teri­nary Group in Broad­way have kept her happy in her old age.

“She has cer­tainly slowed down and lost a lit­tle weight in re­cent years. The team at Broad­way know Pickle is as im­por­tant as a rel­a­tive to us, and we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate their sen­si­tiv­ity and kind­ness when­ever we take her there,” added John.

Best Friends Ve­teri­nary Group ve­teri­nary nurse Abi­gail Box said: “We love see­ing Pickle as she has done so well in her se­nior years.

“Her own­ers take great care of her and are re­ally at­ten­tive when it comes to look­ing out for signs of change in her health and be­hav­iour, so she can live longer.

“Pickle is the old­est cat we see at our hos­pi­tal in Peter­bor­ough and surely can lay claim to be one of, if not the, old­est cat in the city.”

‘We think she is in great shape for a cat of 24’ John Green

John and Katy Green, with Abi­gail Box, ve­teri­nary nurse at Best Friends Ve­teri­nary Group

Pickle and sis­ter Pep­per

Pickle in the house and cel­e­brat­ing her 24th birth­day

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