Turning 30 is a big milestone in anybody’s life, it’s when you’re considered a “functioning adult”. But for one special someone, turning 30 is a HUGE deal! The handsome 30-year-old cat named Rubble has just been named the oldest living cat in the world.
Rubble has lived with his human mom Michele Foster from Devon since she got him as a kitten on her 20th birthday in May 1988. Rubble turned 30 last week and so his local vets threw him a party to celebrate.
To commemorate Rubble’s big day, the team at City Vets gifted him a free check-up and some tasty treats alongside 50-year-old Michele.
Rubble the 30-year-old cat would be 137 in human years!
Michele never had children of her own, so Rubble is much more than just a feline friend, he’s like a son to Michele. It’s clear to see how much Michele loves Rubble.
“He’s a lovely cat, although he has got a little grumpy in his old age. He was part of a litter that my sister’s friend’s cat had and I had just left home. I was lonely living on my own so got him in as a kitten. He is very loyal. We used to live in London and moved around a lot. He came in the removal van to Devon with us when we moved 15 years ago. If you care about something and someone and really love them, that goes a long way. If you care about something, no matter what it is, it does last.”
30-year-old Rubble is a record holder
Rubble the 30-year-old cat’s recent birthday means that he now matches the age of the last world record holder, Scooter. Scooter took the Guinness World Record title when he turned 30 but sadly, later died.
According to the record books, the oldest cat ever was known as Creme Puff and they lived until the age of 38 which is insane!
Could Rubble become the next feline superstar?
Although Michele is impressed with Rubble’s long-lasting life, she’s admitted that she doesn’t want to make a celebrity out of him:
“He has plenty of live 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.”
At the age of 137 (human years), we think that’s a reasonable enough request for Rubble.
Rubble now suffers from high blood pressure which isn’t much of a shock at his age. Rubble regularly visits his local vets to get medication. Sean Moore is one of the vets who looks after him. But despite his age, Sean thinks Rubble is doing pretty well.
“We recently had this amazing cat in for a check up and to celebrate his 30th birthday. Rubble is quite likely to be the oldest cat in the UK and is still going strong.He’s on medication for his blood pressure but apart from that, he’s in remarkably good health.”
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