The world's oldest cat has died at the age of 31. Rubble, the stunning Maine Coon, was given to his owner, Michele Heritage, as a 20th birthday gift, and has been with her ever since.
Michele, 52, has paid tribute to her beloved fur-baby, who became the oldest known cat in the world after reaching his 31st birthday. That's almost 150 years old in cat years!
The elderly cat was healthy, with no known health problems. He passed away from old age after becoming very frail on the 3rd of July, 2020.
Michele, from Exeter, said the moggy sadly died before turning 32. She said he "went across the road," and "never came back."
"He would have been 32 in May, so it was such an achievement. He was an amazing companion that I had the pleasure to live with for such a long time," Michele said.
"I got him just before my 20th birthday when he was a kitten."
The oldest known cat of all time is Creme Puff, who lived until 38-years-old and 3 days.
"We never went down the route of Guinness Book of Records. I didn't want to do that given his age. The record wasn't of interest to us," says Michelle.
"I have always treated him like a child - 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."