Do you have any idea how long cats live for? It might be a bit longer than you think!
Dog lifespans vary based on their breed, as some big dogs only live between 9 to 12 years, while small dogs can live to be well over 16 years old. That seems like a child’s age when compared to a cat!
The average lifespan of a cat is two to 16 years and most cats hit that 16-year mark and surpass it.
The oldest cat to ever live nearly celebrated his 40th birthday! Creme Puff the cat lived to the ripe old age of 38 and passed away in 2005, according to The Guinness Book of World Records.
Well, it looks like there is someone trying to snag Creme Puff’s crown! There’s a new oldest cat alive.
Rubble the cat celebrated his 30th birthday this year! He still has a way to go to reach Creme Puff, but Rubble looks great for someone born in 1988.
Michele Foster got Rubble 30 years ago and never anticipated she’d still have her furry best friend all the way in 2018.
Rubble, a beautiful ginger-and-white cat who lives in the UK, was born in April 1988 and Michele adopted him in May of that year on her 20th birthday. Now the pair are 50 and 30 and still going strong.
According to Bored Panda, Michele said:
“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.”
Rubble was part of a little of cats that Michele’s sister’s friend had. Michele had just moved away from home and was living alone. She didn’t want to feel lonely, so she adopted the kitten and he became her loyal companion.
With old age comes health concerns. Rubble has high blood pressure, for which he needs regular medication. Thankfully, Rubble seems to have great care at City Vets. It seems like the high blood pressure is his own health concern!
Michele treats Rubble like her own child and said that is what’s kept him going for so long:
“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.”
According to Shaun Moore of City Vets, Rubble “ enjoyed a free check up, some Whiskas Catmilk and Felix pouches, and less appreciated a free supply of medication for the next month as his birthday present from City Vets.”
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Source: H/T: Purrworld