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The world’s oldest cat is 121 and an avid user of social media!

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The world’s oldest cat doesn’t let being nearly 121 years old get in the way of keeping his fans up to date with his exploits via social media.

At 26 years and 228 days old – nearly 121 in cat years – mature moggy Corduroy has racked up thousands of followers on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

Corduroy, the world's oldest cat. Pic/YouTube
Corduroy, the world’s oldest cat. Pic/YouTube

Fans log on daily to catch up with the latest adventures of the pensioner pussy, who holds the prestigious Guinness World Records title for oldest living cat and is still in remarkable good health.

His owner Ashley Reed Okura, 34, said: “I set up Corduroy’s Instagram on August 13 last year – the same day Guinness World Records graciously announced his claim to the record of oldest living cat. He also has Snapchat and Facebook and the reaction has been really positive. I do my best to update his followers and respond to messages and special requests.”

Corduroy lives with entrepreneur Ashley and her 37-year-old husband Aaron Masuru Okura, a ranch restaurant owner, in Sisters, Oregon.

Ashley chose the half Main Coon moggy, who was born on August 1, 1989, from a litter to be her pet during a visit to a neighboring town as a six-year-old.

At the same time her brother Ryan, then five, picked out a kitten he called Batman who lived to the ripe old age of 19.

Corduroy, who has more than 2,500 Instagram followers, first took the Guinness World Records title in June 2014 before it was stolen by Tiffany Two, an older cat from California.

When she died in June last year, he was awarded the honor again and, aside from eating a special low-protein diet to protect his kidneys, the senior feline does not act his age.

Ashley, who hopes to have children next year to provide Corduroy with human siblings, said she believes the secret to her pet’s longevity is the time he spends outdoors – although she has begun to now supervise him on walks because of eagles and coyote.

She said: “Corduroy certainly does not act his age – he still jumps onto counters and jumps down.”Every night, he glides up our flight of stairs and jumps onto our bed and sleeps with us before waking us up every morning around 5am. 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.

Ashley said Corduroy has a mellow personality and loves to groom himself, be petted and cuddled, take catnaps in the sun and play with catnip-filled mice and a pheasant feather.

She believes he knows he is special because he enjoys the attention he gets from friends and family, and is patient with young visitors.

Ashley added: “It is an honor 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.

To follow Corduroy on Instagram click @oldestlivingcat and to find him on Facebook click Corduroy Reed.




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Sydney Chesterfield

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