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This Cat Is Still Purring After 203 Years

LONDON (Reuters) - A 29-year old ginger and white tomcat called Spike has been crowned Britain's oldest cat -- he's the equivalent of 203 in human years.

Owner Mo Elkington says the 10-pound puss has lived so long because she feeds him the ``healing'' aloe vera plant, whose extracts are commonly used in skin moisturizers.

``I put some in his food every day. It keeps his fur healthy and protects him against rheumatism,'' said Elkington, an aromatherapist.

She only discovered Spike was a record-breaker when she took him to a vet.

``I'd no idea his age was that unusual but the vet was staggered so I called the record people.''

Spike is now officially entered in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest living cat. Britain's oldest ever cat died in Devon in 1957, aged 34. Owner Mo Elkington says the 10-pound puss has lived so long because she feeds him the ``healing'' aloe vera plant, whose extracts are commonly used in skin moisturizers.

``I put some in his food every day. It keeps his fur healthy and protects him against rheumatism,'' said Elkington, an aromatherapist.

She only discovered Spike was a record-breaker when she took him to a vet.

``I'd no idea his age was that unusual but the vet was staggered so I called the record people.''

Spike is now officially entered in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest living cat. Britain's oldest ever cat died in Devon in 1957, aged 34.