The world’s oldest cat Corduroy will be 27-years-old this year, to put that into perspective he is the same age as Taylor Swift, is older than Home Alone, and was born the same year the Berlin Wall came down. This cat was born in 1989.
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Corduroy has found his way into the Guinness World Records book as the “Oldest Living Cat” and comes from Central Oregon where he was adopted as a kitten by Ashley Reed Okura.
“It’s truly amazing to have picked Corduroy out from a litter when I was almost 7-years-old and still have him in my life today,” Reed Okura said.
Once Corduroy made it into the Guinness Book of Records last year, his owner decided to set up an Instagram account for him.
“I set up Corduroy’s Instagram account on August 13 last year — the same day Guinness World Records graciously announced his claim to the record of the oldest living cat.
“He also has Snapchat and Facebook and the reaction has been really positive.”
“I do my best to update his followers and respond to messages and special requests.”
The world’s oldest cat quickly became an internet sensation and is now an avid user of Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat raking in thousands of followers in less than a year. His humans have created the hashtags #oldestlivingcat and #sircorduroy for his pictures and post pictures of the lively cat almost daily.
“The secret has been allowing him to be a cat – hunting and getting plenty of love!” Reed Okura said.
She credits Corduroy being allowed to roam free on their 160 acre ranch in Sisters, Oregon, as to why he has lived so long.
“I strongly believe the key to his longevity is the fact we did not declaw him and allowed him to go outside,” she said.
Corduroy briefly lost the title of worlds oldest cat in 2014 when Tiffany Two from California took the title at the age of 27, sadly she has now passed.
Although Corduroy is 121 in cat years his owners say he does not act his age.
“Corduroy certainly does not act his age – he still jumps onto counters and jumps down.” Reed Okura said.
As well as having a special diet and plenty of love and exercise Corduroy has great genes. The worlds oldest cat is half Maine Coon and came from the same litter as another long living cat. His brother Batman was adopted at the same time as Corduroy and lived with Reed Okura’s brother. Batman lived to be 19-years-old.
The worlds oldest cat ever recorded was Crème Puff from Austin, Texas. Crème Puff lived to be 38 years and three days and died August 6, 2005.
If Corduroy follows in Crème Puff’s footsteps Osakur Reed may have him for another ten years, and she is pleased about it.
“It is an honor to have Corduroy in our life, I honestly don’t remember much of my life without him. He is a wonderful companion and I hope to give him a happy and healthy life for many more years.”
Corduroy is a good reminder of the importance and reward of adopting a rescue animal from a shelter. People are often put off at the idea of getting a rescue pet or an older animal and tend to only want kittens and puppies. Corduroy is proof that rescuing a life has just as much value.
Corduroy is getting a lot of attention on Instragram and in the records books but currently there is no record for the ‘Oldest Living Dog’ according to Kristin Ott a Guinness World Records spokeswoman.
“Applications for the title are welcome, the dog must be at least 21 years old.” She said.
The previous record-holder for the oldest living dog was Jake Davenport, Ioaw. Jake was a rat terrier, who died at 21-years-old on July 27, just six days after being named oldest living dog.
To rescue a pet search online for the closest animal shelter near you.
[Photo by @oldestlivingcat/Instagram.]