We have a new reigning feline sage. Guinness has confirmed that they’ve found the oldest known living cat in Mansfield, Texas — a 30-year old Siamese cat named Scooter. Born in 1986, Scooter is possibly the only cat alive today that was around for the series finale of the original Knight Rider.
Scooter just celebrated his 30th birthday in March, and from the pictures, we should all wish to age as well as this little guy. Gail Floyd, Scooter’s owner since he was a kitten, says the key to his longevity is the same as it is for a lot of us humans — staying active. More so than just always being ready to play around, Floyd frequently takes Scooter with her on trips — in addition to having the oldest cat crown, he’s probably also one of the only cats to have been in 45 of 50 states. Scooter lives pretty well, actually — Floyd gives him chicken to dine on every other day, because when you make that far into your golden years, you deserve pretty much anything you want.
According to Guinness, Scooter suffered a broken leg in 2014, but apparently powered through it and got back to his active lifestyle (I feel like I’m learning life lessons here). With that kind of spirit, Scooter might just become the oldest cat of all time, although he’s got a long way to go — that record belongs to one Crème Puff, who made it 38 years and three days. Crème Puff lived in Austin, Texas, so despite the small sample size, we’re thinking Texas might be the Florida for cats.