Hyderabad: A post claiming that Nutmeg, the world's oldest cat, is celebrating his 31st birthday has gone viral on social media. Nutmeg is 141 in human years, the post further claims.



Fact Check

The claim is false.

NewsMeter performed a keyword search and found many articles published in 2017 that said the world's oldest cat Nutmeg died at 32.

A Daily Mail report from 4 September 2017 said that a cat thought to be the world's oldest died at the age of 32 - or 144 in human years. Nutmeg was taken to Westway Veterinary Group in Newcastle upon Tyne with breathing difficulties, but vets were unable to save him after he suffered heart failure.

Another report by people.com had also published an article on 20 September 2017 titled "R.I.P. Nutmeg: World's Oldest Cat Dies at 32 (That's 144 in Feline Years)".

The report had stated that the Finlays, who have no human children, considered Nutmeg their son. They said they had no plans to get another cat, as the heartbreak of losing one again was just too much. The report had also shared a post by Westway Veterinary Group.



On 9 March 2018, Daily Mail had shared a video on its YouTube channel. According to the description of the video, "Nutmeg was taken to Westway Veterinary Group in Newcastle upon Tyne with breathing difficulties, but vets were unable to save him after he suffered heart failure. His heartbroken owners Liz and Ian Finlay, from Blaydon, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, say the death of their beloved pet has left a massive hole in their lives."

The couple adopted Nutmeg after finding him in their garden in 1990. They took him to Cats Protection, where vets told them he was at least five, making him 32 when he died.


Nutmeg passed away in September 2017 at the age of 32. The posts that are currently being shared are old. Hence, the claim is false.

Claim Review :   Nutmeg, the world’s oldest cat, is celebrating his 31st birthday.
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Tejal Sinha

Tejal Sinha is currently a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is pursuing Masters in Journalism and Communication from St Francis College for Women. She is open to learning new things while exploring the road to unbiased journalism. She has also been awarded best report by women journalists, 2021. You can follow Tejal on Twitter @SinhaTejal

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