For any cat owner, all we wish for is that our cats’ live a long and healthy life. While we know that exclusively indoor felines generally have a longer lifespan, on average a cat’s lifespan is between 12-18 years of age. But it comes as no surprise that many cat owners have reported that their cats have lived into their early 20’s. The oldest cat on record was Creme Puff out of Texas who lived till the ripe old age of 38. For one cat owner out of Illinois, it seems they’ve just broken the world record, with the oldest living cat alive in the United States…
The original post was shared on Reddit by Robert Goldstein’s stepdaughter, and quickly cat lovers took notice of the super senior ginger tabby!
This is Tiger. He just turned 31. We are told he is the oldest cat in the state of Illinois from r/aww
Check out a brief radio interview here with the cat’s owner, Robert Goldstein:
Rubble out of the UK celebrated his 30th birthday last year, so it seems that these two are roughly the same age, but that Tiger is clearly the oldest living cat in the United States as the ginger Maine Coon, Rubble, is across the pond. Must be something super special in those ginger cat genetics!Rubble, the oldest living cat in the world. Image courtesy of ColeAndMarmalade.com
Not realizing just exactly how special his kitty is, Robert was pleasantly surprised by his beloved kitty’s reception online:
“She goes, ‘I can’t get over it but there’s like 150,000 people that have responded about your cat,’ and I was like, ‘Well, that’s awesome.”
Curious as to this oldest living cat’s secrets of longevity, his owner shares with WWBM radio the magic behind his cat’s impressive lifespan:
“Tiger has always eaten dry cat food and will only drink out of the bathtub. He still likes to go outside and sits on top of a car…”
According to Goldstein, he acquired the cat in 1996 from his then-girlfriend, who got him in 1989. The image that caught the attention of Reddit users came just after Tiger’s owner took his kitty to the vet for a routine checkup.
WBBM Newsradio who caught wind of Tiger’s story acquired an image to share with their listeners/readers on their website:
And Tiger isn’t Goldstein’s only pet. He also has a pet pit bull that Tiger makes known who is boss around their home:
“Tiger doesn’t take any crap from the pit bull. He’ll slap him upside the head. Just an incredible animal. He’s got more than nine lives,” says Goldstein.
Can you imagine how grand it would be to have our cat’s love and loyalty for so long? Here’s to many more years together, Tiger and Robert!
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How can i have my cats live this long?
Jackie was a 3yo shelter cat who found her forever home with me. The gorgeous little girl, affectionately know as Miss Jackie was 21 before she left to live over the rainbow in April 2019. I would like to think it was the love, care & safe home that I gave her was the reason she lived with me so long but being predominantly indoors and genetics is probably the real reason.
Was so special ro have Miss Jackie for so long.