Poppy the cat who was officially recognised as the world’s oldest after making it to the age of 24, died just weeks after clinching the title.
The tortoiseshell was born in February 1990, the same month Nelson Mandela was released from prison.
She lived through five British Prime Ministers and was officially recognised by Guinness World Records
But she died last Friday following a problem with her hind legs.
Her owner Jacqui West, 43, said that although the family knew this day would come they are devastated at their loss.
She said: ‘We knew she was old but it’s still very upsetting.
Poppy officially recognised as the world’s oldest cat after making it to the age of 24 has died – just weeks after clenching the title
‘We knew it was going to happen but we’re all still completely devastated. It’s only just starting to sink in.
‘It’s great she managed to get the world record beforehand, it’s almost like she was purposely hanging in there because the process took months.
‘We’ve buried her in the garden now, alongside all of the other pets we’ve had that have passed away.‘
Poppy picked up the title following the death of Pinky, a cat from Kansas who passed away at the age of 23.
The pet, who lived in Bournemouth, Dorset, was originally called Popsy and had two owners in her early days.
At the age of five, she was adopted by Marguerite Corner and her daughter Jacqui.
Poppy shared their home with four other cats, two rabbits and a hamster.