Mansfield’s newest celebrity is also elusive.
In April, Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that Scooter, a 30-year-old Siamese cat, is the world’s oldest cat. Since then, Scooter has been ducking fans from England to Austin.
His owner, Gail Floyd, declined an interview with the Star-Telegram for herself and her famous feline, saying she needs to consult with Guinness. She told Guinness she thinks staying active is what keeps Scooter going.
“That’s a really old cat,” said Dr. Tricia Latimer, a veterinarian with Walnut Creek Animal Clinic.
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The normal life expectancy for cats is 12 to 16 years, said Latimer, who has been a veterinarian since 2002. The oldest cat she has seen was probably 20 to 21, she said.
“We found a chart that goes up to 25 years old for cats, which is 116 years old for humans,” Latimer said.
At 30, Scooter would be about 136 in human years, she said.
The city of Mansfield wants to honor its most illustrious senior citizen.
“It caught our attention,” said Mansfield Mayor David Cook. “We want to recognize and give props to the cat.”
Scooter would be about 136 in human years.
Scooter took the title April 8 when Guinness officials confirmed evidence provided by Floyd.
“Applications are sent through the website, and evidence is required,” said Sofia Rocher, who works with the Guinness press office. “It takes 12 weeks from when the evidence is provided. Usually evidence with pets is a letter from a veterinarian or photographic evidence.”
Scooter snagged the crown from Corduroy, a Maine Coon who will turn 27 on Aug. 1. The Oregon cat held the title for almost a year, until Guinness confirmed Scooter’s seniority.
He has a ways to go before toppling the record for the oldest cat on record, though. That title is held by another Lone Star kitty, Creme Puff, who lived to be 38 years and 3 days in Austin, before dying in 2005.
Scooter kicks sand in the face of the longest-living dog on record. Bluey, an Australian cattle dog from Australia, lived to be 29 years and 5 months, before dying in 1939. No dog currently holds the title, Rocher said. Jake the rat terrier of Davenport, Iowa, held the title for only six days last summer before dying at age 21.
“You can do everything right, feed it right, take it to the veterinarian, keep it inside, but I think some of it is really good genes,” Latimer said.