At age 26, Corduroy is remarkably long lived and also the World’s Oldest Cat, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The previous record holder was a Siamese named Scooter, who was named Oldest Living Cat at age 30 in May, but has since died. Corduroy was first awarded the coveted title of Oldest Living Cat in 2014 but lost it to another cat, Tiffany Two, age 30. After Tiffany Two died, Corduroy reclaimed his title in August of 2015 before briefly surrendering it to Scooter. Now the enduring Maine Coon cat of Sisters, Oregon is back on top, but apparently has a rival: a ginger moggie named Henry, according to a report in The Daily Mail.
“I’m sure that Henry’s the oldest cat in the world,” Sally Brown of East Earlham in the UK told The Daily Mail. “His sight is starting to fail now and he’s had a few teeth out, but in all that time he’s never had any illnesses.” Brown has 14 other cats, including three which are 18, 19 and 24 years of age. She feeds them a diet of imported Swedish pet food supplemented with protein-packed chicken and fish. “I think they live so long thanks to a mixture of their good diet, lots of affection, and my experience.”
If Henry has a chance of being recognized, he will have to supply documenting evidence to prove his age. In the meantime, Corduroy is still the official king of cat longevity. He lives with his owner, Ashley Reed Okura, who chronicles his daily life on Corduroy’s Instagram page
Corduroy was born on August 1, 1989. The Reeds have owned Corduroy since he was a kitten, and Ashley was just 7 years old, according to Guinness. He’s an indoor-outdoor cat who still enjoys playing with toys and napping on Okura’s lap and feet.
The average life expectancy for a cat is 15 years. For the record: the oldest cat ever recorded was Creme Puff, owned by Jake Perry of Austin, Texas. Creme Puff died in 1967 at age 38.