If you thought your kitty was old, wait until you meet Corduroy.
Corduroy, owned by Ashley Reed Okura and based in Oregon, is a whopping 26 years old, and we’ll tell you, he doesn’t look a day over ten.
As originally reported on The Today Show, Corduroy is a happy-go-lucky cat who has lived a life of outdoor adventures and enjoys hunting for mice, grabbing a nap now and again, and enjoying plenty of attention from his loving pet parent. He loves special treats of sharp cheddar cheese and is currently the world’s oldest known living cat.
Although he hasn’t quite claimed the title as the oldest cat in history (that belongs to Crème Puff - a 38-year-old feline from Texas), it’s clear that Corduroy is happy, healthy and enjoying his nine lives immensely.
How Cats Age
When thinking about Corduroy, it might be tempting to ask if living to 26 is normal for cats. The answer, as it turns out, is varied. Domestic cats generally live longer than feral cats, and of the domestic cat group, cats that spend most of their time indoors will live to roughly fourteen years while cats that are free to spend unsupervised time outdoors generally live to be about seven.
Cat longevity, like our lifespans, has a great deal to do with diet and exercise. Cats that are at a healthy weight and eat a varied diet rich in nutrients will live longer than their sedentary and malnourished counterparts will.
Additionally, it’s never safe to make an assumption about one cat’s lifespan based on the lifespan of his littermates. Individual cats regularly outlive the vast majority of their littermates due to environmental factors like geographical location and threats such as cars, predators, and human-caused dangers, like fertilizers and poisons.
Generally, cats that are spayed and neutered will live longer than their un-altered counterparts due to factors like the dangers of pregnancy, birth, and mating rituals. Additionally, cats that are not spayed or neutered tend to wander further from home in search of breeding opportunities, which makes them more vulnerable to environmental threats.
Typically, cats that live in the countryside live longer than cats that live in the city; thanks to drastic increases in pet food nutrition and veterinary care, cats today are living longer than their ancestors ever have.
Finally, breed factors into longevity and mixed breed cats are, in general, privy to longer life spans than their purebred counterparts. This is in part because mixed-breed pets are not subject to the same genetic anomalies as purebreds and they often have hardier immune systems and less genetic predisposition to certain defects or problems.
There you have it. The way a cat ages and how long he lives depends greatly upon his environment, breed, maintenance, and nutrition. If you’re interested in taking a few tips from Corduroy, however, it seems like a regiment of sharp cheese, mice, and catnaps is the virtual feline fountain of youth.
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