We all dream that our cats will live to be old and gray with us - and for the most part, they do seem to live for a long time. However, cats are never expected to live for more than a quarter century. Corduroy, however, is a cat from Oregon who has defied the odds and been named the oldest living cat by Guinness World Records.
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At 26, he belongs to a family in Sisters, Oregon. Ashley Reed Okura, his owner, told the Chicago Tribune that she has had Corduroy since he was just a few days old. She was seven when she got him as a birthday gift.
This is the second time that Corduroy has had this title. He had it last year until the publicity that the declaration had brought forward another owner. That owner claimed that her cat, Tiffany Two, was over 27 years old. It was verified and the title was taken from Corduroy. Now, however, Corduroy has gained the title back as Tiffany Two has gone to the litter box in the sky.
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Okura has that Corduroy is still extremely active (thanks to some pushing from her) and in good health, except for some kidney problems, which is common for most cats. He still hunts on the family's 160-acre property, plays with strings, and eats a normal diet. Okura has said that she wants to ensure that he lives every day to the fullest, because she knows that he can't live forever. Part of that, it seems, is that he will live with his honor - there doesn't appear to be anyone who can take it away from him.
For his birthday Aug. 1, Okura bought him a live white mouse from Petco and says he enjoyed it "right away.”