An ancient proverb states that cats have nine lives, and that has never been truer than for Nutmeg. The grumpy tabby who held the title for world’s oldest cat lived her life to the fullest until she passed in September at the age of 32 or 144 in cat years.
Now a new upstart in Werribee, Australia, could be the next feline to hold the title. At 26 years old, Teddy is Australia’s oldest living cat, and his owner, Fran English, is applying to the Guinness Book of World Records to make it official.
Teddy has a rather unusual secret to his longevity, English notes on his Facebook page. Each day he eats a sprig of rosemary from the garden and then gets nice and clean in the shower.
While he is still a few years off from Nutmeg’s record — and the one set by Creme Puff, the oldest cat ever recorded, at 38 years old — Teddy is remarkable for so many reasons already.