They say cats have nine lives, and it seems the world’s oldest cat has used his sparingly. Corduroy, the cat, has just been confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living cat.
According to the Guinness World Records website, Corduroy was originally named the world’s oldest cat in 2014, but another cuddly kitty, Tiffany Two, was proven to be older and so won the record from Corduroy. Sadly, Tiffany Two passed away at the ripe old age of 27 years, 2 months, and 20 days. In a related report by the Inquisitr,Tiffany Two also had the same owner/mom, Sharron, for her entire life, and she enjoyed good health right up until the end, when she passed away in her sleep.
Meet the Oldest Living Cat: Tiffany Two http://t.co/5XmEBBSlLE
— Sylvia (@sylviagalano29) July 4, 2015
Now Corduroy has regained the title at 26 years and 13 days old. The lifespan of cats is fairly long, typically about 15 years, give or take a few. So it’s quite an accomplishment for Corduroy to have celebrated his 26th birthday.
An Oregon native, Corduroy lives with his “mom,” Ashley Reed Okura. The two have been together since Corduroy’s birth in August of 1989, when Ashley was just seven-years-old. She is excited that her beloved cat has reclaimed the world’s oldest cat title.
“We are thrilled! I bought Corduroy a mouse to celebrate … it is wonderful to share him with the world.”
What is the secret to this sweet cat’s long life? The Washington Post reports that he receives everything a cat needs to feel special. Ashley says this is the key to his advanced age, but youthful appearance.
“The secret has been allowing him to be a cat – hunting and getting plenty of love.”
The following video shows Corduroy getting a huge dose of love from a little girl.
Guinness World Records shows the oldest cat that ever lived was an unbelievable 38 years old! Creme Puff lived in Austin and passed away in 2005.
Shout out to Creme Puff, the oldest recorded cat in the world, who died 10 years ago today.
— Taylor Cocklee (@TayCocklee) August 6, 2015
Kristen Ott, from Guinness, said there could actually be an older cat than Corduroy. Anyone can apply to have their cat named world’s oldest, but documentation is needed for consideration. Could you have the world’s oldest cat?
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