Rubble the cat from Exeter, England, is now regarded as the ‘oldest cat alive’ by reaching his 30th birthday. It was back in May 1988 that Rubble met his owner, Michele Foster, and the two have been best friends since then.
Rubble’s longevity is no dumb luck. Michele pampered him as if he were her child. Never had any children of her own, Michele devoted time, effort, and affection to the big guy. “He’s a lovely cat, although he has got a little grumpy in his old age,” she said. “He has plenty of life left in him yet, but I don’t think we will go down the Guinness World Record route as I am not sure he would like lots of people coming to see him or a fuss being made out of him. He is old now and would not like too much attention or be hassled. We would prefer if he was just left to live out his old age in peace.”
The memory of their first meet on her 20th birthday lingers on Michele to this day. “He was part of a litter of cats that my sister’s friend had, and I had just left home,” she explained. “I was lonely living on my own so got him in as a kitten. He is very loyal. We used to live in London and moved around a lot.”
“If you care about something and someone and really love them, that goes a long way. I have always treated him like a child – I don’t have any children and had another cat called Meg – who passed at the age of 25. If you care about something, no matter what it is, it does last.”
But no one escapes the illness of the old, Rubble suffers from high blood pressure due to his advanced age. He requires regular medication, which he gets from Shaun Moore of City Vets. “We recently had this amazing cat in for a check up and to celebrate his 30th birthday,” he said. “Rubble is quite likely to be the oldest cat in the UK and is still going strong. He is on medication for his blood pressure but apart from that, he is in remarkably good health.”
“He enjoyed a free check up, some Whiskas Catmilk and Felix pouches, and less appreciated a free supply of medication for the next month as his birthday present from City Vets.”
It’s amazing to see one of the oldest cats still going so strong. Let’s wish Rubble continuing good health! Now scroll down to see some of Rubble’s most memorable moments.