A cat named the world’s oldest cat did not live to enjoy the title for long after passing away before it was officially confirmed.
Scooter, a Siamese cat from Mansfield, Texas, was named as a record breaker at the age of 30 by the Guinness Book of World Records.
However, Scooters’s heartbroken owner Gail Floyd told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that her beloved pet had died by the time Guinness conferred its title.
“He was such a special cat,” she told the newspaper. “I don’t think I’m ever going to get over this.”
Dr. Tricia Latimer, a Mansfield veterinarian, says Scooter had lived to the equivalent of about 136 human years.
Scooter has just replaced poor Corduroy, who was stripped of the crown he received at 26 years and 13 days back in August.
Corduroy could now once again be named the oldest cat on the planet.
Alive during US President Ronald Reagan’s administration, Scooter was born on March 26, 1986, and led an eventful life.
At four weeks he sadly lost his mother, and in October 2014, Scooter broke his leg and had been undergoing medical testing and treatment since the incident, according to Guinness.
“He likes to see new places and he likes people,” his owner said recently, with Scooter being described as “active, full of energy and playful”.
The cat’s veterinarian added: “Scooter is an amazing cat, with a strong will to live.”
Scooter wasn’t Guinness’ oldest cat of all time, though. That record belongs to a fellow Texas cat Crème Puff from Austin, TX, who lived to the grand old age of 38.
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