Wow, I was in awe of my friend Tim's 22-year-old Stella, and Greg's pushing-20 Oprah. But Scooter really is an inspiration to us all!
The Daily News writes:
He’s lived through Ronald Reagan’s presidency, he’s enjoyed seven summer Olympic games and he’s traveled to all but five U.S. states. His name is Scooter, and he’s the oldest cat alive. The 30-year-old Siamese on Wednesday was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for his longevity and his Texas owner said the cat’s secret is staying active. “He likes to see new people and places,” Scooters’ owner Gail Floyd told the Guinness Book of World Records. Floyd and Scooter have been together for the long haul — she’s had the senior feline since he was born on March 26, 1986.
Friends of the cat said in spite of his age, he’s full of energy and very playful, Guinness reported. Scooter’s long life hasn’t been without its challenges though. In 2014, Scooter broke his leg and has been undergoing medical testing and treatment ever since. The record-breaking cat has stolen the title from 26-year-old Corduroy. And while Scooter is the oldest cat alive, he’s still got eight more years before he becomes the oldest cat ever. The record-holder, Creme Puff, who like Scooter hails from Texas, lived to be 38 years and three days old, according to Guinness.