Since Turning 30 Years Old, Rubble May Be England’s — And The World’s — Oldest Cat

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Everybody talks about the Queen’s corgis or the rags-to-riches story of Meghan Markle’s rescue beagle, Guy, but the latest pet to break the Internet is just a common cat.

But while Rubble might lack an official title, he’s got his own claim to fame. That’s because this distinguished senior just celebrated his 30th birthday, which officially makes him England’s oldest cat.

Rubble was adopted by Michelle Foster back in 1988, on the eve of her 20th birthday. Now Foster is 50 and pleasantly surprised to find her furry companion celebrating – in human years — his 137th birthday.

Foster speculates that Rubble’s longevity might stem from the fact that he’s never had to compete with kids for his human’s full attention. (We’re assuming his run-ins with dogs have also been limited). Regardless, he’s in remarkably good shape for a cat of his age, despite taking regular blood pressure medication. His local vet helped make Rubble’s big day all the more special with balloons and a months’ worth of free medication.

Rubble could make a play for the Guinness Book of World Records, previously held by 30-year-old cat from Texas, though Foster believes Rubble would probably rather live out his last years in peace. Although he’s otherwise in excellent health, the cat’s apparently become a bit grumpy in his old age.

Check out Rubble’s 30th birthday party in the video below!

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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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