On average, the lifespan of a cat is generally 15 years. In this time, we cherish all the memories from the start knowing one day that we will be forced to say goodbye to our feline friends. But, as we know, there are many cats around the globe which live much longer than that. Here we will cover the world’s oldest living cats, who hopefully have many more trips around the sun in their days ahead!
Tiger, Illinois, USA, age 31
For Tiger the ginger cat out of Illinois, it seems that he’s still got a lot of spunk despite being nearly three decades old. His owner first got Tiger back in 1996 from an ex-girlfriend who got him originally in 1989. Tiger passes the time doing as he pleases his owner, Robert Goldstein, reports.
It seems that Tiger also doesn’t take any nonsense from the family dog either. “Tiger doesn’t take any crap from the pit bull. He’ll slap him upside the head. Just an incredible animal. He’s got more than nine lives,” says Goldstein.
And the secret to Tiger’s impressive lifespan? Well, Goldstein says that: “Tiger has always eaten dry cat food and will only drink out of the bathtub. He still likes to go outside and sits on top of a car…”
Rubble, Devon, England, age 31 (just three months older than Tiger, the oldest living cat in the US mentioned above)
Michele Foster is one very lucky cat owner. Since May of 1988, she’s had Rubble as her feline friend. The ginger tabby Maine Coon is officially the oldest living cat on record as of January 2020. According to Michele:
“He’s a lovely cat, although he has got a little grumpy in his old age. I got him just before my 20th birthday when he was a kitten,” says Foster. He was part of a litter cat that my sister’s friend had and I had just left home. I was lonely living on my own so got him in as a kitten. It was in May 1988.”
Check out this cute side by side of then and now of sweet Rubble:
It seems that Tiger and Rubble hold the throne for now, but the fountain of feline youth might be deep in the heart of Texas. Two felines from Texas, Scooter and Creme Puff, held titles as the oldest living cats until Rubble passed up Scooter, a Siamese of Mansfield, Texas.
Scooter, previous world record holder, 1986-2016
Sarah, a long haired feline from New Zealand, lived to be 33 years and five months of age. She lived a fulfilled life from 1982-2015 with the same owner, a gift for a once 5 year old girl who grew to a lady with her feline friend right there by her side every step of the way!
Creme Puff is still the oldest living cat on record, who was owned by Jake Perry of Austin, Texas. Scooter lived to the ripe old age of 30, but Creme Puff shocked the world by making 38 trips (and three days!) around the sun.
Creme puff, August 3, 1967-August 6, 2005
If only all of our feline friends could live as long as the world’s oldest living cats. That would really be something!
*For the sake of authenticity, I only included cats on this list whose ages were officially documented*