Poppy, the 24 year old cat from Bournemouth with owner Jacqui West. See SWNS story SWCAT; Poppy the moggy is purring with delight after scooping the world’s oldest cat crown at the age of 24. The pretty pet was born in February 1990, the same month Nelson Mandela was released from prison. She has lived through five British Prime Ministers but is now a frail old lady and spends most of her time inside relaxing. At the grand old age of 24, she has been officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest living cat and is the equivalent of 114 in human years.