Earlier this week, Guinness World Records announced that Scooter of Mansfield, Texas, is the new oldest living cat at the ripe age of 30 — eclipsing the previous record-holder, 26-year-old Corduroy of Sisters, Oregon.
According to the organization, Scooter, a siamese cat, was born March 26, 1986, and has lived with his owner, Gail Floyd, since the day he was born, staying right by her side ever since.
Even as a kitten, Scooter liked riding on Floyd's shoulder wherever she went, and enjoyed playing with her hair.
He wakes Floyd up every morning at 6 a.m., “talking” and jumping around, and is always waiting by the door when she arrives home from work.
When asked about the key to Scooter's longevity, Floyd reported that keeping him active is what makes him happy. According to Guinness World Records, the cat's veterinarians say, “Scooter is quite an amazing cat, with a strong will to live.”
“He likes to see new places and he likes people,” Floyd told the record-keeping organization. Scooter has traveled to 45 of the 50 U.S. states with his owner, and enjoys regular visits to the nursing home where Floyd's mother lives.
Scooter's life has not been without some challenges. When he was only 4 weeks old, he lost his mother. In October 2014, Scooter broke his leg and has been undergoing medical testing and treatment ever since.
According to Guinness, the oldest cat on record was Crème Puff of Austin, Texas, who lived 38 years and three days, which is more than double the average life expectancy of the species.
Here's to wishing Scooter many more years to come!