Take a look at this cat:
Looks pretty healthy, right? How old do you think it is? Five? Eight? Ten years old?
Think higher. I mean way WAY higher because, in reality, this might just be the oldest cat in the world!
Michele Foster got Rubble the cat back in 1988 when he was just a kitten.
Rubble the moggy has been living with owner Michele Foster for quite some time. She got him as a present for her 20th birthday back in 1988. He was just a kitten back then.
“He was part of a litter that my sister’s friend’s cat had and I had just left home,” Foster, who lives in Exeter, southwest England, told SWNS. “I was lonely living on my own so got him in as a kitten.”
Having known Rubble for so long and without any children to look after, 50-year-old Foster has developed quite a bond with the cat.
“He’s a lovely cat, although he has got a little grumpy in his old age,” she said. “He is very loyal.”
In May 2018, Rubble turned 30 years old. And, to celebrate, Rubble was given a free check up and some treats by the staff of his local vets. Beyond needing meds for high blood pressure, Rubble is incredibly healthy.
Having just celebrated his 30th birthday, Rubble might just be the world’s oldest cat.
Rubble being healthy for his age might not seem like that big of a deal until you stop and consider that very few cats have ever made it to his age before. Currently, Rubble is thought to be the oldest living cat in the UK and possibly the world.
Rubble’s current age lines up perfectly with Scooter, the last Guinness World Record holder, who passed away when he was 30. He’s also only eight years younger than Creme Puff who was the oldest cat ever, according to record books.
While Foster admits that this is an incredible achievement for Rubble, she’s not sure she wants to report Rubble to the record books.
“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,” she said. “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.”
Considering that Rubble is now 137 years old in human years, that request seems pretty reasonable. It’s clear that Foster is looking out for him and that seems to be the key to his long life.
“If you care about something and someone and really love them, that goes a long way,” she said. “If you care about something, no matter what it is, it does last.”
Happy birthday, Rubble, and here’s to many more!