Published 10 May 2016
Guinness World Records has announced today a 30-year-old Siamese cat called Scooter is is the new Oldest living cat. (He is 137 in cat years!)
He was born 26 March, 1986 (The year when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of the UK and Ronald Reagan was still President of the United States).
The record-breaking feline lives with his owner Gail Floyd in Mansfield, Texas, USA. Gail was there when the kitten was born, and he’s been right by her side ever since.
As a kitten, Scooter liked to play in Gail’s hair and rode around on her shoulder. Even at the age of 30, he wakes Gail up every morning at 6 AM, “talking” and jumping around, and he is always waiting by the door when she arrives home from work.
His owner believes that keeping her cat active has given him such a long and happy life. She says: “He likes to see new places and he likes people.”
Amazingly, Scooter has travelled to 45 of the 50 US states with Gail.
He enjoys getting blow dried after a bath and his favourite snack is chicken – which he’s treated to every other day.
However, this amazing cat’s life has not been purr-fect. At only four weeks old he sadly lost his mother, and in October 2014 Scooter broke his leg and has been in treatment ever since.
But despite his struggles, his veterinarians say: “Scooter is quite an amazing cat, with a strong will to live.”
Scooter claims the title of oldest living cat from previous record holder 26-year-old Corduroy (b. 1 August 1989), who you can meet in the video below.