This happy ending story comes out of the RSPCA’s Southall cattery in west London, where a cat named Banjo was dumped earlier this month. Beautiful Banjo is currently waiting to go to his forever home at the end of the month, should he remain unclaimed. The RSPCA is doing their best to find whether Banjo has an owner out there missing him, and anyone with information is asked to contact them at 0300 123 0746.
Banjo was microchipped back in 1991 in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire when he was only two years old. That would make him 27 now. Unfortunately, when the RSPCA called the number listed on the microchip information, no one returned their calls.
Aneel Odhwani, the animal care assistant at the cattery decided to do a Google search on oldest living cats and has learned Banjo may be the oldest living cat in the country. Guinness World Records has been applied to, and it is likely Banjo will soon be bestowed with that honor.
Beverly Leavy, centre manager says of their very special old man
“Banjo must have used up all of his nine lives by now. He is such a charming, sweet old man, he is eating well and enjoying life in the cattery.”
Despite being at least 27, Banjo is very undemanding. He loves eating and being groomed. People who have seen Banjo on social media can’t believe how old he is because he looks so young. The veterinarian who examined him say he’s in good health, his only issue being a few missing teeth.
Cat expert Alice Potter with the RSPCA is a great promoter of senior felines, saying
“It’s a great achievement for Banjo to still be healthy. It goes to show that elderly cats shouldn’t be overlooked; they still have a lot of life in them and a lot of love to give.”
No one knows why someone would have abandoned Banjo. Most of the time money issues or being evicted or moving to a new home are involved. Regardless, Banjo has an adopter waiting to take him in at the end of the month, where he can live out his days in peace and quiet.
Best of luck in your new life, Banjo. If only you could tell us your story.