A 30-year-old Siamese cat full of “energy and playfulness” who was recently crowned as the world’s oldest living feline by the Guinness Book of World Records has died.
Born on March 26, 1986, when US President Ronald Reagan was in the White House, Scooter had been undergoing medical testing and treatment after breaking his leg in October 2014. “He was so special. I don’t think I’m ever going to get over this,” said his owner Gail Floyd from Mansfield, Texas. Floyd said Scooter, who had travelled with her to 48 of the 50 US states, died by the time Guinness had conferred its title on April 8.
She said Scooter’s playfulness was the reason for his longevity which is equivalent to 138 years in human terms. “He likes to see new places and he likes people,” Floyd, said recently while describing Scooter as “an active cat, full of energy and playfulness”. “Scooter is quite an amazing cat, with a strong will to live,” the cat’s veterinarian was quoted as saying by the ‘Daily Express’.
As a playful kitten, Scooter liked nothing better than playing with his owner’s hair and riding on her shoulders. He had taken the world’s oldest cat title from a 26-year-old American tabby called Corduroy, who lives in Oregon.
Scooter, however, was not Guinness’ oldest cat of all time. That record belongs to a fellow Texas cat Creme Puff who lived to a grand old age of 38 years, more than double the average life expectancy of the species.