US cat is world's oldest at 26 years and 13 days

Corduroy, a resident of a rural Oregon town, likes Cheddar cheese and catching mice. Hunting is one reason for its long life, says its owner.
Corduroy, a resident of a rural Oregon town, likes Cheddar cheese and catching mice. Hunting is one reason for its long life, says its owner.PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES • An Oregon cat with a fondness for sharp Cheddar and catching mice has become the oldest pet feline in the world at 26 years and 13 days, Guinness World Records officials said.

Corduroy lives in the rural community of Sisters, Oregon, about 160km south-east of Portland, and spends plenty of time outside.

Since kittenhood, Corduroy has lived with owner Ashley Reed Okura, who was only seven when the cat entered her life, Guinness officials said on Thursday.

"The secret has been allowing him to be a cat - hunting and getting plenty of love," Ms Reed Okura said in a statement.

Aside from chasing mice, the cat also likes to eat Cheddar cheese.

The previous record-holder was a San Diego cat named Tiffany Two, which was 26 years and 204 days old when it died on June 3.

Ms Kristen Ott, a spokesman for Guinness World Records, acknowledged that a cat older than Corduroy might be out there.

To hold the record, an owner must submit evidence such as video recordings of the pet through the decades, as well as witness statements.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2015, with the headline 'US cat is world's oldest at 26 years and 13 days'. Print Edition | Subscribe