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World's oldest cat dies on Tyneside

Credit: Westway Vetinary Group

A cat from Tyneside thought to be the world’s oldest moggy, has died at the incredible age of 32.

Nutmeg was taken ill with breathing difficulties, but vets were unable to save him after he suffered heart failure.

Heartbroken owners Liz and Ian Finlay, from Blaydon, admit the death of their beloved pet has left a massive hole in their lives.

The couple adopted Nutmeg after finding him in their garden in 1990.

Until his death, he was thought to be the oldest cat in the world, taking the crown of 26-year-old Corduroy, the Guinness World Record holder.

Nutmeg kept outliving all of his nine lives and underwent life-saving treatment after suffering a stroke in 2015.

The moggy battled back to health but had to be put to sleep following his latest illness, leaving his owners distraught.

I can hardly put into words how much we miss him. It has left a big hole in our lives, but we still feel he is with us in spirit.

After his death, we just had to get away for a week’s holiday, but its done nothing to heal the pain as he was such a special pet.”

– Ian Finlay