MANSFIELD, Texas (AP) — A Siamese cat born during President Ronald Reagan’s administration has been named by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living cat.
Guinness says Scooter celebrated his 30th birthday on March 26. He lives in Mansfield, Texas.
Owner Gail Floyd attributes Scooter’s longevity to staying active. She tells Guinness he keeps busy by traveling and has visited 45 of the 50 states. Some of his favorite activities include getting blow-dried after baths and snacking on chicken every other day.
As a kitten, Scooter liked to play in Gail’s hair and even became accustomed to riding on her shoulder, going with her wherever she went. Nowadays, nothing has changed. He wakes Gail up every morning at 6 AM, “talking” and jumping around, and is always waiting by the door when she arrives home from work.
However, this record-breaking cat’s life has not been without pitfalls. At four weeks he sadly lost his mother, and in October 2014, Scooter broke his leg and has been undergoing medical testing and treatment ever since.
Despite his struggles, though, his veterinarians say, “Scooter is quite an amazing cat, with a strong will to live.”
Scooter isn’t Guinness’ oldest cat of all time, though. That mark belongs to Crème Puff from Austin, who lived 38 years 3 days or 168 in cat years (more than double the average life expectancy of the species).