Michele adopted Rubble on her 20th birthday when he was just a kitten and he’s been her fluffy feline friend for the last 31 years. Sharing the news of his passing, heartbroken Michele from Exeter paid tribute to Rubble, her loyal companion, who would have been 150 years old in human years.
Michele said that while Rubble had no specific health problems, he had become very thin before passing away of old age.
It is common for cats to live longer than our canine companions, but healthy cats usually live to between 14 and 17 years old. Rubble's longevity so impressed his vet, they threw him a special party last year for his 30th birthday! The oldest cat of all time is believed to have been Crème Puff who lived for an astonishing 38 years and three days.
Love at first sight
Michele still remembers the moment she first met little Rubble, a Maine Coon, and she instantly fell for his feline charms. Michele had just moved out of home and was feeling lonely, so got Rubble to keep her company.
Michele admits that as she never had children she’s always treated the moggy like her child and thinks this contributed to his longevity. He only had to share her affections with her other cat Meg, who passed away at the impressive age of 25.
Rest in peace Rubble.