Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Vet Association Unveils Names of Oldest Dog and Cat in the Province

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Vet Association Unveils Names of Oldest Dog and Cat in the Province

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Meet Hortense, Quebec's oldest cat

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MONTREAL - At 21 years old, Hortense the cat has far outlived her prescribed nine lives.

The spry Scottish Fold was awarded the title of Quebec's oldest cat on Friday by the veterinarian association that tends to small animals.

The title of oldest dog went to Cachou, a 17-year-old Yorkshire terrier who dozed through the Montreal ceremony in a tiny tuxedo.

Veterinary association president Valerie Trudel said the winners may not be the oldest cat and dog in the province, but they were the oldest they could find with continuous vet records.

"There's probably older dogs in the population, but our criteria were very specific," she said. "We wanted dogs who were visiting their vets because otherwise we don't know how old they are."

She said Hortense would be about 120 years old in human age and Cachou would be about 100.

Hortense's owner, Suzanne Janlin, said her elderly cat is now blind but is otherwise in good shape, and still able to jump up on the bed. …

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