The owner, Gail Floyd of Mansfield, Texas, confirmed the death of her cat Scooter on Friday. “He was so special,” Floyd told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I don’t think I’m ever going to get over this.”
Scooter turned 30 on March 26 and was later confirmed by Guinness Book of World Record officials for his seniority on April 8, taking the crown from an Oregon cat named Corduroy who held the title for almost a year.
Floyd revealed that Scooter died this spring, but wouldn’t give details of the exact time of death. It usually takes Guinness 12 weeks to confirm evidence of a potential world record. By the time they contacted Floyd, however, Scooter had died.
According to Dr. Tricia Latimer, a Mansfield veterinarian, Scooter would have been about 136 years in human years. The typical life expectancy for cats is 12 to 16 years.
Despite his lifespan, Scooter wasn’t the oldest cat of all time. That title goes to fellow Texas native Creme Puff, who lived to be 38 years before passing away in 2005.
Rest in paradise, Scooter. You will be missed.