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Could battler Boss be the world’s oldest cat?

Photo Ian Robinson
Heather Edmondson bought 'Boss' and his sister 'Bronte' from a Blackpool pet shop 24 years ago.
Bronte also lived until she was 20 but Boss is still going. He sleeps every night with hot water bottles to ease his arthritis and has used up one or two of his nine lives - having gone missing from home for over four months and reversed over on the driveway by Heather.

The official oldest cat 24 year's old ''Poppy

Photo Ian Robinson Heather Edmondson bought 'Boss' and his sister 'Bronte' from a Blackpool pet shop 24 years ago. Bronte also lived until she was 20 but Boss is still going. He sleeps every night with hot water bottles to ease his arthritis and has used up one or two of his nine lives - having gone missing from home for over four months and reversed over on the driveway by Heather. The official oldest cat 24 year's old ''Poppy" died last week in Bournemouth after making the Guiness Book of Records.

He could be among the contenders for the title of world’s oldest cat.

But not that Boss the Wyre cat is likely to care; for the 24-year-old prefers nothing more than curling up for a snooze with a hot water bottle to ease his aching bones.

Owner Heather Edmondson said: “He isn’t exactly what you would call an affectionate cat – in fact, he is anything but.”

And it’s no surprise as over the years the moggy, who is the equivalent of 124 in human years, has been involved in a series of misadventures causing him to use up one or two of his nine lives. These range from straying away from home for four months to being reversed over by Heather.

Heather, from Cabus, near Garstang, says: “Of all the cats I’ve had, I’ve liked him the least, but I have to admire his determination to keep on going, despite his mishaps.

“But he still has some fight left in him – even the vets wear gloves to handle him!”

Boss was just a few weeks old when Heather and daughter Lisa picked him from a litter of kittens at a Blackpool pet shop in 1990. In June, the BBC reported that Poppy, who was officially recognised as the world’s oldest after died at the age of 24. The average age for a cat is 15 and a cat in Sweden is currently said to be 25.

Do you know of an older cat locally? email andy.sykes@blackpoolgazette.co.uk

 

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