Johnson City could be the home of the world's oldest cat


They say cats have nine lives. If that's the case, Squeak, the 29-year-old cat living in Johnson City, Tennessee has many more years to go. "We didn't figure she'd live past 10 or 15, but now 29," owner Dixie Hylton said. Squeak has outlived most cats by almost 15 years. If you do the math using an online cat calculator, that means she's about 132 in human years. However, just looking at her you'd never know! "I never thought she would last this long, but she's doing it," owner Thomas Hylton said. "She still thinks she's a kitten, running all over the place!" She's a little shy when she first meets you, but once she breaks out of her comfort zone, she's ready to go. She loves to get her belly rubbed, peek out the window, eat her favorite meal, and every now and then cause some trouble. "She loves getting in my tool box! Anything that rattles she's here," Thomas said. Squeak was born in 1987 and has become an important part of the Hylton family. She's been through a lot and has even given birth to four litters. "She's always been right there with us," Dixie said. "She sleeps between us at night on the bed." If you don't think this feline is already cool enough, get this. In just a few months you could be seeing Squeak in the Guinness Book of World Records for the oldest living cat, beating out the current title holder by more than 2 years. If only we could ask her the secret to a long life, but her owners gave us a little hint. "Everything she does is different than all these other cats," Thomas said. The Hylton family is just waiting on the final verification from Guinness World Records.

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