Rubble, the oldest cat in the world, has died

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This Friday, July 3, is a sad day for cat lovers. Indeed, we learned that the one who was considered the oldest cat in the world died at the age of 31 .

Exceptional lifespan

Rubble, this red and white Maine Coon died before he could celebrate his 32nd birthday. Longevity of this kind is unusual for a cat, in fact we generally say that a cat year corresponds to approximately 7 human years.

As a human equivalent, he would therefore be over 150 years old , which is exceptional.

An American Cat

Rubble was an American Maine Coon . A breed of cat native to the United States, known for being pleasant and sociable. These cats generally need a lot of attention and are very talkative. They do not hesitate to purr and meow to make themselves heard.

The secret of its longevity

His owner Michelle, a 52-year-old British woman, said she adopted Rubble in May 1988 after leaving her parents' home at age 20.

She was completely in love with her cat, so she explained the lifespan of her pet by the love she had for him. In fact, she never had children and so she treated her cat like her child.

She told Cole and Marmalade magazine that: “If you care about something, about someone, and you really love them, it can go a long way. I always treated him like a child – I don't have any children and I had another cat called Meg – who died when I was 25. If you care about something, no matter what it is, it lasts.”

A death of old age

Despite his 31 years, Rubble did not suffer from any particular health problems. Only in his last years did he take treatment to stabilize high blood pressure. His mistress explained that he died of old age and that he had no illness .

A record still unmatched

Despite its lifespan twice that of a normal cat, around 15 years on average. Rubble still remained quite far from the record for the cat with the longest lifespan.

This record is held by Creme Puff, an American cat from Austin. This cat was born on August 3, 1967 and died on August 6, 2005. She lived 38 years and 3 days .

Rubble therefore had the record for the oldest cat still alive since 2017.

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