A cat thought to be the oldest in the world has died aged 31 after a life of being pampered by his owner.
Michele Heritage got her beloved Maine Coon cat Rubble for her 20th birthday and treated him like a child.
He was said to be the oldest living feline in the world after reaching 31 years old in May last year, the equivalent of 150 human years.
Michele, from Devon, England, paid tribute to Rubble saying: “He was an amazing companion that I had the pleasure to live with for such a long time.
“I got him just before my 20th birthday when he was a kitten.”
The oldest cat ever according to the record books is Creme Puff who lived until he was 38 years old.
Michele added: “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.
“He grew old very quickly towards the end, I said to my husband at Christmas that I think it would be last we spend with Rubble. He had started to stop eating and only drank water.”
She said she got Rubble just after she left home.
“I was lonely living on my own so got him in as a kitten. It was in May 1988.
“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.”
Sounds like Rubble had to best life and it’s no wonder he lived as long as he did. Rest in peace sweet cat.