World's oldest cat is living in Orpington - and is same age as Dizzee Rascal

Cola is turning 28 in November - 140 in cat years.

Mary Goldsmith feeding her beloved cat Cola.

Mrs Goldsmith with Cola.

Cola is the same age as rapper Dizzee Rascal.

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THE oldest cat in the world – born in the same month as rapper Dizzee Rascal – is living in Orpington.

Cola the black cat turns 28 – 140 in cat years – in November, trumping 27-year-old Wadsworth, a cat from Bedfordshire who was previously thought to hold the crown.

Cola was born in Cottage Avenue, Bromley Common, in 1985, when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister and Back to the Future topped the box office.

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She is owned by Mary Goldsmith, of Brow Crescent, and was mothered by Molly, a moggy owned by Mrs Goldsmith's mother-in-law.

Mrs Goldsmith puts Cola's long life down to "a lot of love and attention and just being looked after".

The 66-year-old said: "She cannot jump up and down like she used to but she can still get up into her chair.

"She is still very cuddly; she's a very happy cat.

"She used go out go out a lot more, when she was a young cat, and she would bring back birds and mice.

"She may not be as sprightly as she used to be but she's still got some zip in her."

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Mrs Goldsmith says Cola enjoys eating a range of foods including chicken, tuna, milk and cream, but her favourite food is haddock.

She added: "I think she's still got a couple of years left. It'll be a very sad day when something happens.

"I'll probably do something for her in November but really every day is a celebration, every day I still have her is like a birthday." 

 

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10:39pm Wed 28 Aug 13

Threadworm says...

Our twins were 29 and 30 when they died in 2011 and 2012 so not the oldest cat in the world
Our twins were 29 and 30 when they died in 2011 and 2012 so not the oldest cat in the world Threadworm
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11:02pm Thu 29 Aug 13

Clairestortoise says...

At this age every day is a bonus!!! you have looked after her very well!!! shame others cant do the same...Reminds me of my dear old Thomas, He was 20 something when we had him pts :(
At this age every day is a bonus!!! you have looked after her very well!!! shame others cant do the same...Reminds me of my dear old Thomas, He was 20 something when we had him pts :( Clairestortoise
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