Corduroy The Cat Proves 26 Is The New 10 For Felines

Corduroy not only holds the Guinness World Record for oldest living cat, but he also holds the secret to a long, happy life.

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Tell us your secrets, wise one! Via  OldestLivingCat/Instagram
Tell us your secrets, wise one! Via OldestLivingCat/Instagram

Right before his last birthday, Corduroy the tabby cat got some good news.

The 26-year-old rescue feline from Oregon was named the World’s Oldest Living Cat last July by Guinness World Records. Media attention followed and so did lots of fans who keep up with Corduroy on social media. Twenty-six is a lot of years for a cat, so you might be wondering  — what’s his secret?

Owner Ashley Reed Okura has a lot to do with it. She and her husband, Aaron, live on a ranch where Corduroy explores the great outdoors (with their eyes on him, of course) and indoors, and carries on as if he were a youngster.

“Corduroy still jumps onto our bed, nightly, and down all by himself,” she told Petcha.com. “He will jump on top of the billiard table — it’s one of his favorite lounging spaces. He also glides up the stairs and down, meowing as an announcement before he takes off.”

His feeding routine has only changed recently. Okura offers him a vet-recommended diet and vitamins, and has finessed his food delivery a bit, by placing a cat tree where he could climb to his dining area.

“Corduroy was less excited about jumping up on our bar height counter where I have always kept his food,” Ashley said. “It is a long way to jump.”

Other adjustments include leaving out glasses of water that are designated just for Corduroy.

“We keep a glass of water on our coffee table and on my nightstand,” Ashley said. “Water seems to taste better out of a glass I would typically drink from.”

(Scratching & Lapping Water) #caturdaymornings #oldestlivingcat #drinkwater

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He gets regular exercise with outdoor excursions. And he stays safe with spotters. “Aaron and I like to supervise Corduroy’s walks when he goes outside,” Ashley said. She’s kept an eye on him for a long time, in fact, having adopted him as a tiny kitten when she was very young herself — only 7 years old. “When I chose Corduroy from the litter of kittens, my main criteria was that I chose a kitten that was fluffy,” she told us. Her selection process was simple at first but went a little deeper. She remembers being with the kittens for a long time trying to decide. “Certainly, when choosing from a litter it is about the connection one has with the animal above everything else,” she said.  

She chose the name Corduroy after a bear in her favorite book. Her brother also picked a cat from the litter and named him Batman after, well, Batman (he had markings similar to Batman’s mask). The two littermates grew up as brothers in the same house.

“Corduroy and Batman were good companions and would play, hunt outside and snuggle with each other,” Ashley said. “Corduroy and Batman both would sit under the dining room table while we ate dinner as a family, nightly. I was guilty of giving Corduroy pinches of my food, which I still do today.”

Batman passed away at 19, sadly, but Corduroy has lived on long into his silver years (and still sits under the table at dinnertime).

Ashley said she is touched by the response people have to hearing about Corduroy’s health and longevity. “I am honored people care about Corduroy,” she said. “He is incredibly special to me and it is truly amazing to share his life with the world.” She pointed out that he has been awarded Guinness World Records’ Oldest Living Cat title twice; the first time occurred in June 2014 before an older cat from California, Tiffany Two, stepped up to the plate. Tiffany Two passed away last year at the age of 27.  

The diet, hydration and exercise all seem essential to Corduroy’s long healthy life, but Ashley strongly believes that the real key to his longevity has been the fact that she never had him declawed. Keeping cats’ paws intact indeed can lead to a foundation for good health.

“We want to do everything we can to keep Corduroy healthy, pain free and happy for as long as possible,” she said.

We’ll be keeping an eye on this inspirational cat and so can you. Check out Corduroy’s pages on Instagram and Facebook.

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  • Would love to know the diet and vitamins he is given!

    Sharron Kriminger March 3, 2016 5:53 pm Reply
  • I wish Corduroy many more years of good health. He’s lucky to have such wonderful humans

    catherine lingg March 3, 2016 8:28 pm Reply
  • Live long and prosper. Corduroy has lived it!

    Mary Meyers March 3, 2016 9:25 pm Reply
  • Touched by your Story, what a wonderful one! I have a Cat Mittens who is the Love of my life, she is 14 but unfortunately she has had a lot of UTI’S and thought I was going to lose her once. It will devastate me when I lose her. Love to Corduroy,and God Bless You!!!! ????

    Carla Barrett March 4, 2016 5:18 am Reply
  • Loved reading about Corduroy. We lost our beautiful black cat, KITA last summer. He contracted lymphoma and passed away at age 22. We have since adopted 2 other black adults from the shelter. They also enjoy drinking from water glasses placed on our coffee table and night stand. ????

    Christine Anderson March 5, 2016 1:35 pm Reply
  • I too would love to know what you feed him. I love one last year who made it to 16/17 so not too bad, but I’ve got an lady of nearly 14 and have noticed she’s getting slower. So would love any tips and yes she loves water all over the house from glasses, jugs, jars….

    Michelle O'Mahoney March 6, 2016 7:49 am Reply
  • Love hearing about Corduroy!! Such a special cat! I’d love to know what you feed him. My sweetheart Jasmine will be 18 in July and I do notice she is slowing down. Doesn’t jump like she used to but is in good health. She is very finicky about her food though! What she will eat today she won’t eat next week! But she is the most loving lady I have ever had and I love her to the moon and back!!

    Sally March 6, 2016 10:13 am Reply
  • Bless his precious little heart. You can just look in his eyes and know he has been loved and cherished his entire life!

    Gayle Kosarin May 26, 2016 7:26 am Reply

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