This may just be the oldest cat in the world.
Let’s backtrack for a bit—do you happen to have a cat at home? How long have you had your cat for?
The average lifespan of a feline is roughly 15 years, as cats age faster than humans do.
Cats live their own interesting lives, going about their everyday business doing everyday cat things.
Back to this cat. His name is Rubble—a Maine coon cat—who lives with his owner, Michele Foster.
But would you care to take a guess as to just how old this cat may be?
It’s hard, isn’t it, as his outward appearance is rather deceptive, successfully masquerading his age. As they say, looks can be deceiving—and it seems this applies to cats as well.
It would be plausible, upon looking at him, to guess that Rubble was perhaps 15-years-old or slightly younger, given his healthy glow. But in actuality, Rubble is almost 30.
Yes, you read that right. Rubble is turning 30 this year.
Foster got Rubble as a present for her 20th birthday—all the way back in 1988 when Rubble was just a mere kitten. Ever since then, he has been living with Foster.
Rubble was born as a part of a litter from a cat belonging to a friend of Foster’s sister.
Around the same time, Foster had just left home—and would have been living alone so she took in Rubble.
“He was part of a litter that my sister’s friend’s cat had and I had just left home,” Foster told SWNS. “I was lonely living on my own so got him in as a kitten.”
Rubble has been living with Foster ever since she decided to take him home with her back in 1988.
Foster, who lives in Exeter, southwest England, just recently celebrated Rubble’s 30th birthday. Rubble was treated with a party at the local vet center where he was pampered with some of his favourite cat food as well as a free check-up.
Other than requiring medication for his high blood pressure, Rubble is healthy, thanks to City Vets, who had been keeping a watchful eye on Rubble’s health over the years.
Rubble’s longevity may in part be due to the fact that Foster never had children of her own, and thus pampers the feline like own child, according to SWNS.
“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.”
Foster said that Rubble had been a very loyal feline companion all throughout her life, from when she got him until now.
“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,” she said.
Rubbles is currently the same age as the Siamese Texas cat that had broken the Guinness World Record as the oldest cat in the world. The record-breaking feline died shortly afterward.
But in a challenge to that record, another cat called Crème Puff was recorded to have lived to 38 years and three days.
While Rubble may well be the oldest living cat in the world right this minute, Foster said that she didn’t want Rubble to be in the spotlight, primarily due to his 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.”
If you consider translating Rubbles’s feline age to the equivalent of a human lifetime, he would be about 137-years-old. That’s quite a feat. It’s no wonder that Foster thinks he’d appreciate the peace and quiet.
Hopefully, Rubbles good health will stay with him for many more years to come.