Growing old with your cat is not something one talks about. The average age of a cat's life is 12-15 years old. Like dogs, a cat's lifespan is short. That was until now. Two major research studies by veterinary biologists are looking into everything from the musculoskeletal system to cognitive and behavioral health to lengthen our cat's lives.
However, not relying on medical research to find the answers, there is one feline who is breaking the mortality milestone. His name is "Rubble," and he is currently the "oldest cat in the world." Currently at a jaw-dropping 30-years old, this ginger and white Maine Coon cat lives with his pet owner, Michele Foster in Exeter, England. At 51-yrs old, Foster bought him as a kitten on her 20th birthday.
For the past 3 decades, she’s called him her "best fur friend."
To Rubble's Health . . .
Overall, Rubble has been comparatively healthy. He's been taken care of medically over the years by Dr. Shawn Moore of City Vets in Exeter.
“Rubble is quite likely to be the oldest cat in the UK and is still going strong. He is on medication for his blood pressure but apart from that, he is in remarkably good health.” Said Dr. Moore.
Maine Coon cats are known for their magnificent coats and dapper appearance, and Rubble is still a looker in his senior years.
Guinness World Records
When Michele was asked if she would enter Rubble into the Guinness World Records, she responded:
“He has plenty of life left in him yet, but I don’t think we will go down the Guinness World Record route as I am not sure he would like lots of people coming to see him or a fuss being made out of him. He is old now and would not like too much attention or be hassled. We would prefer if he was just left to live out his old age in peace.”
The previous Guinness Record holder was Cream Puff. That cat lived 38 years and 3 days. Of course, no one can forecast how long the Rubble will reside with Michele. However, we do know he will be spoiled by her until the day he crosses that rainbow bridge.
To mark his 30th, Rubble was entertained at a party held at his vet's office, complete with balloons, a free wellness checkup, along with special treats.
And for those folks who cannot do the math, Rubble's age in human years is a remarkable 137. Here's to your 31st Rubble. We'll be there popping the catnip to celebrate the day.
Primary Source: Dog Dispatch