Bedford cat set to be recognised as the "oldest in the UK"

image captionWadsworth was "a very poorly" cat in 1986 but could soon be recognised as the oldest feline in the country

A Bedford woman's 27-year-old cat is set to be officially recognised as the UK's oldest feline by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Ann Munday, from Wentworth Drive, acquired Wadsworth in 1986, when he was just a few weeks old.

Guinness said this would make him the oldest cat in the country and have now invited her to fill in verification papers.

The process will take up to six weeks to complete.

Ms Munday said she acquired the "very poorly" cat, known as Waddy, from a vet in De Parys Avenue.

The surgery, which moved to Acorn House in Brickhill, still treats the cat, and has verified his age.

Waddy suffers from hyperthyroidism but Ms Munday said he "is still going" strong.

"I never expected him to live this long, he had been thrown out of the litter and was only expected to survive for a couple of weeks," she said.

"Then two years ago he was at death's door and I thought "this is it" but he rallied.

"He is a lovely cat, he has been a gem and I will never ever be able to replace him."

The current world record for the oldest cat was set by Creme Puff who lived with her owner in Texas, USA, until her death in 2005 at the age of 38.

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