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Pet’s Corner - June 2012

29 May 2012

Pet’s Corner - June 2012 Image

Who’s a lucky cat then?

You’d have to be “Lucky” to live 21 years as a cat wouldn’t you?

Conder resident Elma Crosbie’s cat Lucky turns 21 this month and shows no signs of slowing down.

“Slowing down” is a relative term and could explain Lucky’s longevity.  The pampered ginger moggie walks around Elma’s apartment and sometimes into the hallway, but that’s about as tough as it gets for Lucky.

The big boy spends the rest of his time resting and bossing Elma around, something which she doesn’t mind at all.

After all, Elma has a lot of respect for her elders, for at 21-cat-years-old, Lucky is the human equivalent of a 101-year-old.

“He’s never been a person-friendly cat,” Elma said. “He will not be picked up and he’ll bite and scratch you if he doesn’t like you.”

And he’s a fussy eater too.  Elma says Lucky won’t eat meat and insists on having 10kg parcels of whiting fillets being flown in from NSW.

“It cost more to feed Lucky than to feed myself,” Elma laughed. “He’s very precious.”

Lucky has spent most of his live living with Elma and her family on the Gold Coast hinterland in the Tallebudgera Valley.  Elma’s son Wayne found three-year-old Lucky at the local pound 18 years ago.

Lucky loved his life on a 10-acre bush-block but has adjusted well to high-rise living since Elma moved to Docklands four years ago, following the death of her husband Jeff.

Elma was very worried when the vet arrived early in the morning to give Lucky a shot to calm him, but he made the flight without incident.

Other than being sedated for the trip to Melbourne, Lucky has only been to the vet once.

“She told me there was nothing wrong with him and to take him home,” Elma said.

But while Lucky is well and truly “in the pink”, he has a long way to go to take the world record as the oldest cat.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest living cat is a Burmese called Kataleena Lady who also lives in Melbourne. Kataleena Lady was born on March 11, 1977 making her 35 years old.

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