Rubble went off to kitty heaven at the ripe old age of 31. In Exeter, England, pet parent Michele Heritage first got the gentle, fluffy ginger-and-white Maine Coon as a kitten on her 20th birthday. Three decades later in May 2019 when Rubble turned 31, he was recognized as the world’s oldest living cat.
News outlets reported that in July 2020, Rubble died of old age just before reaching his 32nd birthday. “He was an amazing companion that I had the pleasure to live with for such a long time,” said Heritage.
Now 52 years of age, Michele credits expert pet parenting as the main reason for Rubble’s extraordinarily long life. “I have always treated him like a child,” she explained. “I don’t have any children and had another cat called Meg, who passed at the age of 25.”
Recalling Rubble’s 30th birthday party with shiny helium balloons, at the time Michele said, “He’s a lovely cat, although he has got a little grumpy in his old age. He has plenty of life left in him yet, but I don’t think we will go down the Guinness World Record route as I am not sure he would like lots of people coming to see him or a fuss being made out of him.”
Aside from medication for high blood pressure, City Vets posted a party photo that stated, “He is in remarkably good health.” The cat had no specific health issues but had became “very thin” and went off his food in the days prior. Michele says she was prepared for her pet to die as he aged very quickly toward the end.
Indeed, Rubble lived out his sunset year in peace and quiet.
There was, however, plenty of love and press coverage to mark Rubble’s passing. One article in the Daily Mail was shared by 140,000 readers.
The Maine Coon beat the senior feline record of 30-year-old Siamese cat named Scooter who died in Texas in 2016, according to an entry in the Gunness Book of Records. TMZ reported that the oldest cat of all time was Creme Puff, who died in 2005 at the extraordinary age of 38.