World’s Oldest Cat Dies At 31

When Rubble the cat came into the world the radio waves were dominated by The B-52’s Love Shack, Debbie Gibson’s Lost In Your Eyes and De La Soul’s Me Myself and I.

George Herbert Walker Bush was in the White House, America hadn’t yet become a politically polarized wasteland and a gallon of gas cost 97 cents. Ghostbusters and Lethal Weapon both returned to theaters with sequels, the USSR withdrew from its war in Afghanistan and hundreds of thousands filled China’s Tiananmen Square to protest the communist government.

“It was just before my 20th birthday when I got him,” Michele Heritage, Rubble’s human, told the Daily Mail in 2018, for a story marking Rubble’s 30th birthday. “He was part of a litter [from a] cat that my sister’s friend had and I had just left home. I was lonely living on my own so got him in as a kitten.”

Rubble — a Maine Coon who became the world’s oldest cat a few years ago after the death of a 30-plus Texas feline named Scooter — died in May, just short of his 32nd birthday. His death wasn’t reported publicly by Heritage until July 3.


Heritage, who lives in Exeter, UK, said she’s inconsolable over Rubble’s death, but attributes his longevity to lots of love and affection.

“I have always treated him like a child,” she said. “I don’t have any children and had another cat called Meg, who passed at the age of 25. If you care about something, no matter what it is, it does last.”

At almost 32, Rubble lived the equivalent of about 150 human years. The record for the oldest-ever cat belongs to Creme Puff, who died at 38 years old.


All photos credited to Michele Heritage. 

5 thoughts on “World’s Oldest Cat Dies At 31”

  1. Oh my goodness! On today, his 7th birthday Tuxie salutes the wisened feline! That’s my goal, he tells the somewhat dim humans who serve him. These human servants are currently on a catservant performance plan, having brought an enthusiastic cat servant to “babysit “ him during vacation. Despite the beauty of this human servant, pouting has commenced upon the return of the humans. Many treats are starting to soften the grumpiness of Tux. He states, If I cannot get all the beauty naps in, how can I become the greatest senior cat, he forcefully complains!

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    1. How long does he give you guys the cold shoulder? Buddy tries, he really does, but he can’t seem to keep up the charade longer than a minute or so. I’m glad treats are softening Tux’s resentment. Yums make all better.


    1. I think there’s something to that too. Unfortunately probably all of us have a friend or two who has a cat or cats, and doesn’t quite neglect them, but they’re just sort of there. No acknowledgement, no affection, like they’re plants or something. It’s sad to see when you know how alive and friendly and loving cats can be when you show them love. It makes their lives unquantifiably better and gives them something to live for.

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