It’s always sad when a kitty companion passes away, but he leaves behind an especially hard-to-fill hole when he’s lived nearly half your life with you.
Nutmeg was five years old when he wandered into Ian and Liz Findlay’s garden in 1990. He was found with an abscess on his neck, and they took him to the vet, and then into their home. They spent the next 27 years showering him with love and attention. In 2015 they stood by him after he suffered a stroke and nursed him back to health, but after he recently became ill, they understood that there was nothing left to do but to let him rest.
Nutmeg lived to the ripe old age of 32 in their home, being doted upon. At 144 in cat years, Nutmeg was the oldest living cat until his passing. The Findlays had cared for other cats, but note that Nutmeg was truly special for more than just his age.
Liz Findlay told The Daily Mail, “I feel as though my heart has been ripped out. He was a huge character who was dearly loved.”
You can hear the warmth just pouring out in Ian Findlay’s voice when he talks about Nutmeg in this video interview from last year. Losing their companion has no doubt been a jarring experience, but we hope they can find some peace in the knowledge that they gave a once-stray kitty a long, long wonderful life far beyond anyone’s expectations.
H/T: The Daily Mail
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