The world’s oldest cat used up all of his nine lives.
Scooter the 30-year-old Siamese has died, his owner Gail Floyd of Mansfield confirmed Friday.
“He was so special,” Floyd said. “I don’t think I’m ever going to get over this.”
Scooter took the title April 8 when Guinness Book of World Records officials confirmed evidence provided by Floyd, snagging 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.
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By the time Guinness confirmed the evidence, though, Scooter had died, said Floyd, who revealed that she had just learned that he had been confirmed this week. Scooter died this spring, she said, but declined to give the date of his death. It takes 12 weeks to confirm evidence, which is usually a letter from a veterinarian or photographic evidence, said Sofia Rocher, who works in the Guinness press office.
Floyd had raised the 5-pound Siamese since he was born, owning his parents, Dixie and Justin, too, she said.
The normal life expectancy for cats is 12 to 16 years, said Dr. Tricia Latimer, a veterinarian with Walnut Creek Animal Clinic. In human years, Scooter would have been about 136 years old, Latimer said.
The oldest cat on record was Creme Puff, who lived to be 38 years and 3 days in Austin, before dying in 2005, according to Guinness.