A few weeks ago, we had some fun with Poppy, recognized by Guinness World Records as the World’s Oldest Cat. She had just received the award and we had a fake interview with her, because we were in a celebratory mode because all the world was toasting a senior cat.

Today, it is with a heavy heart that we tell you that Poppy has passed away. She was 24 years old. She is survived by four other cats, two rabbits, a hamster, and her human family: Jacqui and Andy West and their two sons.

“We knew it was going to happen but we’re all still completely devastated. It’s only just starting to sink in,” Jacqui told the Daily Mail. “It’s great she managed to get the world record beforehand, it’s almost like she was purposely hanging in there because the process took months.”

According to the Daily Mail, Poppy had a water infection.

“She had a bad week last week,” said Jacqui. “She was on antibiotics on Wednesday because of a water infection, and her back legs just seemed to let her down. She wasn’t herself at all.

“She passed away on Friday at 3:30 p.m. I had spent the whole day with her as she was particularly poorly.”

As the family mourns Poppy — who was born in 1990, adopted by Jacqui’s mother when she was five, and went to live with Jacqui and Andy West when she was 10 — Jacqui says her other cats are feeling the loss, as well.

“We’ve all taken the news very strangely, including the other cats. All of us are off food,” she said. “The other cats didn’t eat all day on Friday and they all seem to be loitering around waiting for Poppy to come home. I think it is going to take us a little while to come to terms with it — it’s very sad.”

The family buried Poppy in the garden, “alongside all of the other pets we’ve had who have passed away,” said Jacqui.

Via the Daily Mail; photos via Gluinness World Records

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