World's Oldest Cat Dies at 30 Before Owner Learns of His Title
For a brief but glorious moment, a Siamese cat named Scooter was officially the world's oldest at the ripe old age of 30.
Too bad no one knew about it.
Scooter, of Mansfield, Texas, was granted his superlative April 8 after turning 30 in late March. But sometime in between, he died.
His owner Gail Floyd, who was there the day the kitten was born, didn't learn about the title until this past Tuesday and it was too late to celebrate with Scooter.
Guinness World Records takes 12 weeks to confirm records with evidence they're provided.
“He was so special,” Floyd told the Mansfield News-Mirror. “I don’t think I’m ever going to get over this.”
The record-breaking feline claims the title from previous record holder, 26-year-old Corduroy of Sisters, Oregon.
On Scooter's longevity, Floyd told Guinness World Records that it all came down to keeping him active.
Scooter had travelled to 45 of the 50 U.S. states with Gail and often paid visits to the nursing home where Gail’s mom lives.
“He likes to see new places and he likes people," Floyd said.
While Scooter's life was impressive, he wasn't the oldest cat to ever live. That honor goes to another Texas kitty.
Crème Puff of Austin, Texas lived 38 years 3 days, according to Guinness World Records.