The World’s Oldest Cat
December 25th, 2015 by Victoria Hampton
At 26 years old, Corduroy is the oldest living cat in the world, but that doesn’t stop him from getting outdoors for a daily jaunt. Photo by Jodi Schneider McNamee

At 26 years old, Corduroy is the oldest living cat in the world, but that doesn’t stop him from getting outdoors for a daily jaunt.
Photo by Jodi Schneider McNamee

Filling every edition of the Guinness Book of World Records are amazing feats.  Some are captivatingly disturbing, others almost unbelievable. Among these accomplishments is a four-legged member of the Sisters, Oregon, community.

For 26-year-old Corduroy the cat, having nine lives takes on a whole new meaning. He is the world’s oldest living cat, born on August 1, 1989.

What some may have thought was a tall tale, was given the stamp of approval by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Three years ago, Ashley Okura, who has owned Corduroy since she was 6, decided to fill out the Guinness World Records online application.

“I looked into the records at Guinness World Records online,” says Ashley. “Corduroy was older by a month than the cat that was listed. I submitted my application July 19, 2014.”

After submitting her application, Corduroy was given the title of oldest living cat, for the first time.

Soon after, another owner submitted her cat, Tiffany Two, who was older. She later died in June 2015 at 27 years 2 months 20 days old.

This was a chance for Ashley to regain Corduroy’s title.

“I went through the process again and reclaimed the second title on July 6, 2015,” Ashley says.

To claim the title of oldest living cat, Ashley had to submit birth records, vet records, two witness statements, photographs of Corduroy and she throughout his life, and video evidence.

Ashley was thankful the Sisters vet clinic still had Corduroy’s first records.

“We just had his first vet visit on paper, because it was before computers,” she says. “They had Corduroy’s folder still on shelf. Everything was in his folder.”

The domestic long-haired cat has endured the test of time, and in return been Ashley’s companion through the challenges she has faced in life, both small and large.

At 23, Ashley and her family were in a private plane accident. Ashley’s parents were killed in the crash. She was left paralyzed, in complete, from the waist down.

“I found a lot of love and security in having Corduroy around,” she says. “Even in the wheelchair, Corduroy was never standoffish, which was lovely.”

Ashley has since recovered from the accident and walks with the assistance of a cane and leg braces.

Ashley has shared her appreciation for Corduroy on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.

“It’s been really fun for people to reach out on Corduroy’s wall and post photos of their own cats,” she says.

Corduroy is recognized on a global scale, with fans in Japan and the Netherlands.

“From my own experience I’ve seen a trend in cats and social media,” she says. “It seems like in the last five years there’s been quite the draw.”

Ashley says the draw to cats is their notoriously independent nature and personalities.

Corduroy’s social media presence grew after his Guinness World Record title was announced. Videos and pictures of Corduroy appeared in the Huffington Post and on KVAL 13 News in Eugene, America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and more.

“We’re also starting to write a book about Corduroy,” Ashley says. “It’s actually going to be a nonfiction book about growing up with Corduroy. And that’s being written by Jodi Schneider McNamee from the Sisters local paper.”

Even with his fame, Corduroy lives the average life of a cat. He enjoys his leisure inside the house and daily outdoor adventures.

“I always call him in at night,” says Ashley. “It’s one of the keys to keeping him alive.”

Ashley also keeps Corduroy on a special diet to protect his kidneys.

She hopes to share the life of her mellow cat, who loves to be petted, with more animal lovers on social media.

“I would love to share Corduroy with the world via Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat, and have people get to know him a little bit and enjoy him for as long as possible like I have.”

For more information about Ashley and her cat, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ruralite. To connect with Corduroy on social media, use the hashtag #oldestlivingcat.