Born In 1988 Cat Celebrates His 30th Birthday.
A cat’s average lifespan is 15 years. And if you ask Alexa, that’s exactly what she’ll tell you. So a cat living beyond that number is starting to use up some of those 9 lives. The oldest known cat lived to be 40 years old. And back in 2005, another cat, named Creme Puff, lived to be 38 years old before passing away. But now, there’s a brand new oldie-but-goodie on the block.
His named is Rubble, and he recently celebrated his 30th birthday. Sure, he has a ways to go for the record, but with a little determination, and probably some softer food, he may just make it.
Michele Foster took in Rubble 30 years ago when he was just a kitten. She had just turned 20 at the time, and could not even fathom that the cat would still be around by the time she, herself, turned 50.
Says Michele: “He’s a lovely cat, although he has got a little grumpy in his old age. 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.”
But with increasing age comes the fame. Right now, Rubble has high blood pressure and must take medication for it. But he’s good because Michele cares for him as much as she would care a child. Because in her mind, that’s just how it is.
Adds Michele: “If you care about something and someone and really love them, that goes a long way. I have always treated him like a child – I don’t have any children and had another cat called Meg – who passed at the age of 25. If you care about something, no matter what it is, it does last.”
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