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UK's oldest cat brothers find pawfect home after receiving over 100 applications

Black elderly cat brothers cat-happy
© RSPCA Northamptonshire Branch - Facebook

A pair of handsome feline brothers who found themselves in need of a new home at the grand age of 21 have had their wish come true thanks to a huge social media campaign.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 14/10/2020, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:24

Nikita and Leon are a pair of black shorthair crossbreed cats who have been together all their lives.

At the age of 21, the brothers should have been enjoying their twilight years with a loving family. However, at no fault of their own, they found themselves in the care of the RSPCA in Northamptonshire.

Oldest feline brothers

Domestic cats usually live to around 14 years old. But despite their remarkable ages, Nikita and Leon seem to be in reasonably good health, although Nikita does have hyperthyroidism, the most common glandular disorder in cats.

Although it's thought that the brothers are Britain's oldest feline siblings, they still have a long way to go to take the title of the world's oldest cat. Crème Puff from Texas who died in 2005 at 38 years old has that honour.

Media campaign

RSPCA staff knew that the brothers' age would make it more tricky to rehome them, plus as the cat's had such a strong bond, they must stay together. So the RSPCA took to social media in a bid to find the elderly bros a loving home. The charity explained that the brothers were handed over to them because they weren’t coping with family life.


***SPECIAL APPEAL*** Leon & Nikita Poor Leon and Nikita find themselves in our care at the grand age of 21. They are...

Posted by RSPCA Northamptonshire Branch on Saturday, October 3, 2020

The animal charity added that both Leon and Nikita were affectionate cats who loved a chin tickle and being around humans but would need a quiet home with no children.

Happy ending

If the charity thought they might only get a handful of applicants, they couldn't have been more wrong. They were inundated with offers to rehome the cats, receiving more than 100 applications from all over the world! Fortunately, they were able to find a suitable home for Leon and Nikita in Northamptonshire where they'll be able to put their paws up and enjoy their retirement!

If you are thinking of adopting a more mature feline, check out our tips on caring for an older cat.