Meet Corduroy the cat. He was born on August 1, 1989, making him officially the world’s oldest cat at the grand old age of 27. In human years, Corduroy would be 124. Considering the oldest person ever to have lived, Jean Louise Calment, died at 122, Corduroy’s age is a pretty incredible feat.
So what’s the secret to an unusually long life? Well, like Jean Louise Calment, Corduroy has a very calm personality and doesn’t ever get overly stressed. His favourite pastime is bathing in the sun and catching mice, although he’s not quite as good at the latter as he once was. He’s no spring kitten.
According to Corduroy’s owner Reed Okura, Corduroy doesn’t act his age, and can still be found clambering up on the kitchen counter and jumping down again. Corduroy sleeps in bed with his owners every night, before waking them up every morning around 5am.
Despite his age, and being on a special low-protein diet to protect his kidneys, Corduroy is still in remarkably good health. Reed Okura, who adopted the cat when he was just 7 years old, said:
“I strongly believe the key to his longevity is the fact we did not declaw him and allowed him to go outside. He was able to defend himself and exercise his body and mind by hunting. Corduroy still catches critters but is not as good as he once was, thankfully. It is an honour to have Corduroy in our life, I honestly don’t remember much of my life without him. He is a wonderful companion and I hope to give him a happy and healthy life for many more years.”
Now, although Frenchwoman Jean Louise Calment is the oldest recorded person ever to have lived, there are many more unofficial contenders to the title. Take this Indonesian man who claims he’s 145 years old, for example.