Meet Scooter, the world’s oldest cat, who has recently made it to the “Guinness Book of World Records.” This Siamese from Mansfield, Texas underlined his seniority when he snatched the “Oldest Living Cat” title from Corduroy, a 26-year-old Maine Coon.
Born on March 26, 1986, Scooter turned 30 this year. Gail Floyd, the feline’s proud owner was there the day the kitten was born—and she’s been right by his side ever since.
The official website for Guinness Book of World Records says Scooter and Ms. Floyd shares a very special bonding right from the start. The human-cat pair is the best of pals. As a kitten, Scooter liked to play in Gail’s hair and even get used to riding on her shoulder. He follows her everywhere she goes. To date, the routine remains the same. Cute Scooter wakes Gail up every morning at 6 a.m, “talking” and jumping around, and is always waiting by the door when she arrives home from work. That’s lovely, isn’t it?
Scooter has unlocked the secret to longevity by keeping active, Gail Floyd lets Guinness know. “He likes to see new places and he likes people,” she added.
In his 30 years of life, Scooter has travelled to 45 of the 50 US states with Gail and often pays visits to the nursing home where Gail’s mom lives. The senior feline had a bit of a scare in 2014 after he broke his leg in an accident, as revealed by Ms. Floyd. Still, Scooter’s vet has the highest confidence in the cat.
“Scooter is quite an amazing cat, with a strong will to live,” the doctor told Guinness.
According to Guinness, still, Scooter may, in fact, be very old, but he does not hold the record for the Oldest Cat Ever. That title belongs to Créme Puff, an Austin, Texas cat owned by Jake Perry who lived for 38 years and 3 months.
Is it something to do with living in Texas? Does Texas have some special kind of air and water that keep these feline friends in the pink, we wonder?