Bogart still top cat in the age stakes

Melissa Hopkins and her cat Bogart who, at 21, can still lay 
Melissa Hopkins and her cat Bogart who, at 21, can still lay claim to being the oldest cat in town. Photo by Dan Hutchinson

South Dunedin cat Bogart can still lay claim to being the oldest cat in town, as definitive proof of age eludes several other contenders.

The Star does not normally report on 21st birthdays but made the exception last week because Bogart is a cat and we thought it would be fun to see if there was an older one.

Clare Trevathan called to say her cat, who was originally from Ponsonby in Auckland, died recently at the age of 22.

A man called Grant called to say his flatmate had a cat that was turning 26 on ''race day'' but unfortunately he did not leave any contact details.

Heather Russell emailed to say her cat, Biscuit, was at least 21.

''He showed up on my porch in 2000 ... the vet said judging by his teeth etc he was 6 or 7. Aside from arthritis he is in pretty good shape and enjoys watching the kittens that I foster for Animal Rescue Network New Zealand,'' she said.

Another person emailed to say that while their cat was not old enough to challenge for the title, he might be the most well-travelled moggy in town.

''He has lived in the north and the south of the United States and in the north and the south of New Zealand. He is probably more well-travelled than most people.''

If you think your cat is older than 21 or has an inspirational life story then please email or phone 479-3505, extension 8312.

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