Cats may have nine lives, but Corduroy, a cat from Oregon, might have been given a few extra. Guinness World Records has dubbed the 26-year-old pet the world’s oldest living cat, Business Standard reported.
The average domestic cat lives about 15 years.
Corduroy’s owner, Ashley Reed Okura, told The Oregonian she thinks part of the reason her cat has lived so long was his year-long sojourn into the Deschutes National Forest. A family friend was able to lure him home with food. "He just melted in her arms, like 'thank you,'" Okura said. When Corduroy returned, "He was absolutely huge and very healthy,” she added.
This isn’t the first time Corduroy has been awarded for his longevity. In 2014, he was given the same title, but a cat named Tiffany Two wound up claiming the award. Tiffany Two later passed away at the age of 27 years, 2 months and 20 days, meaning the award is back in Corduroy’s paws.
Corduroy doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, although he does have some kidney issues.
Okura has had Corduroy since she was 7 years old. She celebrated her cat’s achievement by buying him a mouse. “It is wonderful to share him with the world," she said.