A cat named Scooter has just become famous. At 30 years of age, he's been named the world's oldest cat by the organization synonymous with superlatives, Guinness World Records.
Scooter was born way back on March 26, 1986, making him a feline who remembers the Cold War and who may well have spent his earliest years waiting for New Wave music to run its course.
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The Siamese lives in Mansfield, Texas with his owner Gail Floyd, according to a release from Guinness.
By Floyd's account, Scooter is still very active, despite his age, though he does receive regular treatment for a leg he broke two years ago. She thinks his busy mind along with new experiences keep him young.
"He likes to see new places and he likes people," said Floyd of her record-setting feline.
He accepts being bathed without a fuss and even likes to be blow-dried after the cleaning.
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Guinness notes that Scooter has a ways to go yet before he becomes the oldest cat ever. That honor belongs to another Texas cat (hailing from Austin) named Crème Puff, who died at 38 years and 3 days old.
Of course, whenever a record is set, someone, or something, else loses hold of it. Corduroy, who earned the title last year at age 26, will now have to settle for second-oldest-cat status.
Here's a video of Corduroy taking the crown last year. Perhaps Scooter can take a look, so he's able to better appreciate his title. Without any gloating, of course. Scooter sounds too humble for that.