Cats
Man has raised 23-year-old cat since he was 11 years old
They're the two best friends that anyone could ever have.
D.G. Sciortino
05.12.22

Reece Alexander-Putinasโ€™ cat, Queen Lily, has lived through four decades.

Sheโ€™s been around since 1999, and heโ€™s had her since he was 11 years old.

The 23-year-old cat is the absolute love of his life. And everyone else is entirely astounded by Lilyโ€™s ripe old age.

โ€œEvery time I have people over, theyโ€™re absolutely shocked. They cannot believe sheโ€™s about to celebrate her 23rd birthday. Itโ€™s a very rare thing. There are not many cats that reach the age of 23,โ€ Alexander-Putinas, who is an actor and life coach, explains.

PetMD reports that the average life expectancy for a house cat is 10 to 15 years, though Blue Cross says they can live up to 20 years.

Guinness World Records lists a tabby mix named Creme Puff as the oldest cat to ever live at 38 years and 3 days.

โ€œI suppose the love and bond we share just keeps her going,โ€ Alexander-Putinas says.

Lily is just as obsessed with her dad as he is with her.

Sheโ€™s always happy to see him.

โ€œShe will always find a way to find me. When I was in my parentโ€™s house, my dad didnโ€™t particularly like the cats going upstairs, because of the hair,โ€ Alexander-Putinas explained.

โ€œShe went up the roof of the house and she climbed through the window to get into the bedroom because she wanted to be with me. So, she always finds a way. No matter how much my dad tried to keep her out!โ€

Alexander-Putinas says heโ€™s very grateful to have had Lily to lean on during the tough times throughout his life.

โ€œSheโ€™s been through so much with me. Sheโ€™s been through my high school, secondary school, girlfriends, my first heartbreak, just so much in 23 years. And although sheโ€™s not human, I do tell her about my day and she does seem to know when Iโ€™m sad. She seems to really come over to me more frequently.

Lilyโ€™s dad says that sheโ€™s become more affectionate as sheโ€™s aged, as well as become more vocal.

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He calls her โ€œthe ultimate companionโ€ that often follows her around the house.

Alexander-Putinas says that he canโ€™t wait to come home to Lily when heโ€™s on set for the day. When Lily isnโ€™t following her dad around, sheโ€™s nibbling on some house plants. She absolutely loves houseplants.

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To the point where her dad has to trim them, so she doesnโ€™t eat them up.

Even though Lily is aging, sheโ€™s still quite the curious cat and in good health.

โ€œWhen I look at her I just feel such warmth inside. The older the pets get, they require a lot more care and attention, but I love it. Sheโ€™s sort of looking at me like, โ€˜I know that you are giving me the best life you can to me.โ€™ Itโ€™s a blessing and I enjoy giving her extra care,โ€ Alexander-Putinas said.

Alexander-Putinas is well aware that Lily wonโ€™t be around forever. Thatโ€™s why he spends his time focusing on the time that they do have together.

Learn more about these two besties in the video below.

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By D.G. Sciortino
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D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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