Pets & Animals

Meet Corduroy, the world's oldest living cat

At more than 26 years old, a feline named Corduroy has been declared the oldest living cat in the world by Guinness World Records.

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Oldest living cat at age 26 years 13 days. Born August 1, 1989, the feisty feline has lived with owner Ashley Reed Okura of Sisters, Oregon since she was just seven years old and he was a tiny kitten!

Guinness announced the news Thursday, when Corduroy was 26 years and 13 days old. Born August 1, 1989, in Oregon, he's lived with Ashley Reed Okura since she picked him from a litter when she was 6 years old.

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"We are thrilled!" she told Guinness, according to Thursday's press release. "I bought Corduroy a mouse to celebrate. He is such a mellow, cool old cat and it is wonderful to share him with the world. … Corduroy has been through all of my life's major events and I feel blessed he is still healthy and enjoying life. We hope to continue to give him a good life for years to come."

Corduroy claimed the record after the passing of Tiffany Two, a cat that lived for 27 years, 2 months and 20 days, according to Guinness.

Enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. #oldestlivingcat

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Okura said the secret to his longevity is "allowing him to be a cat: hunting and getting plenty of love!" She added, "Growing up on 160 acres in Oregon, I allowed Corduroy to roam the ranch freely, so he always gets lots of exercise."

Courtesy of Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievement, today revealed Corduroy as the new Oldest living cat at age 26 years 13 days. Born August 1, 1989, the feisty feline has lived with owner Ashley Reed Okura of Sisters, Oregon (USA) since she was just seven years old and he was a tiny kitten!

Longevity seems to run in the family. Corduroy's younger brother, Batman, lived to be 19.

Corduroy enjoying the back yard in Salt Lake City.

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Corduroy's interests include "sharp cheddar and mice," the latter of which he only gets "on special occasions or if he catches them," Guinness reported. The cat also spends the bulk of his days "roaming the outdoors, getting pet, eating and taking catnaps."

Courtesy of Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievement, today revealed Corduroy as the new Oldest living cat at age 26 years 13 days. Born August 1, 1989, the feisty feline has lived with owner Ashley Reed Okura of Sisters, Oregon (USA) since she was just seven years old and he was a tiny kitten!

Toys, however, bore him. "If it cannot be eaten, he quickly loses interest," Guinness notes.

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Corduroy still has a long way to go to beat the Guinness mark for oldest cat on record: Crème Puff of Austin, Texas, lived three days beyond her 38th birthday.

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