Britain’s oldest cat ‘brothers’ Nikita and Leon, aged 21, are rehomed after massive social media campaign

The UK’s oldest cat brothers, the black shorthair crossbreeds go a new home recently. They were taken to RSPCA in Northamptonshire after a huge social media campaign.

Nikita and Leon, the two Black shorthair crossbreeds have been together all their lives,

In a campaign launched by RSPCA to find a new home for the cat-brothers, hundreds of offers started to pour from all over the world

On their Facebook page, the animal charity RSPCA posted with a caption that reads-

‘Poor Leon and Nikita found themselves in our care at the grand age of 21.

‘They are bonded brothers and were signed over to be rehomed as they were not coping with family life.

‘They are both in fairly good health but Nikita has just been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism.

‘He will need blood tests over the next few weeks/months at our vets to check how he is responding to medication.

‘Due to their age, we were keen to get these lovely boys settled into a new home asap.

‘Leon and Nikita are an affectionate pair who enjoy chin tickles and human company.

‘They are looking for a quiet home with no children.’

In the UK this pair is regarded as the oldest living cat siblings and are in good health 

A team member from the RSPCA Northamptonshire adoption, Julie Clifft, said ‘It’s been pretty crazy.

‘We have had over 100 applications for them from all over the place, from America, Cornwall and Cumbria.

‘Nikita has been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and is stable but needs to stay close to his vet for checks.

‘We wanted to keep them within the local area but some people haven’t read that bit.

‘We really wanted to keep them together in Northamptonshire and we’re delighted that has been possible.

‘They’ve been really, really popular. We expected lots of applications but not hundreds.

‘It’s great because although they are old, we never put a healthy pet down and they deserved a new home.’    

Creme Puff, a Maine Coon cat hailed the Guinness World Record as the oldest cat. It died at the age of 38, 2005 and her owner was Jake Perry from Austin, Texas