Pensioner puss left at RSPCA centre

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Could 27-year-old Banjo be the oldest rescue cat in the UK?

Banjo was abandoned at RSPCA Southall Cattery in London last month and, amazingly, vets say he is perfectly healthy – apart from a few missing teeth, bless him!

RSPCA staff checked Banjo’s microchip and it showed that he was first chipped in 1991 when he was two years old – making him 27, or an amazing 125 in human years!


Southall has contacted Guinness World Records to see if Banjo is the oldest rescue cat in the country.

Manager at Southall Cattery, Beverly Leavy says: “Banjo is such a charming, sweet old boy – he is eating well and enjoying life in the cattery and takes everything in his stride and has won all of us over. It’s amazing to think he was born so long ago!

Alice Potter, our cat expert here at the RSPCA, says: “It’s great that Banjo is 27 and still healthy. It just goes to show that elderly cats have a lot of life in them and a lot of love to give.”

Banjo already has a purrfect new home lined up if his owners don’t come forward.



Hello, I'm Christine and I'm part of the team who work on the Animal Action magazine. I've been at the RSPCA for quite a while and just love being part of such a great organisation. My most favourite animals are dogs and I have a soft spot for Westies.

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