Nowadays, our cats are living longer and longer. With so many advances in veterinary medicine, nutrition, vaccines and at home care, our frisky felines are living well into old age.
Feline experts’ state that the average cat lives to reach about 15 years of age, but that was until Corduroy, an old fluff ball from Oregon, was introduced to the world.
The Guinness Book of World Records granted Corduroy the title of world’s oldest cat after the wise feline celebrated his 26th birthday on August 1st.
Corduroy lives with his proud owner, Ashley Reed, on their 160 acre ranch in Okura of Sisters, Oregon. Corduroy has been Ashley’s feline companion since she was seven and Corduroy was just a mere kitten.
So what’s the secret to a cat living past its nine lives?
Ashley says her secret is just letting Corduroy be a cat. Allowing him to roam the ranch, hunt and play affords him to get plenty of exercise. There is truth to Ashley’s secret to owning a wise, old cat.
Experts say that opening an opportunity for your cat to receive daily exercise paired with a balanced diet will certainly put some years on a cat’s timeline, and Ashley isn’t the first cat owner to discover this secret.
Creme Puff, a cat who died at 38 years of age, was The Guinness Book of World Records oldest living cat in 2010. However, after the old cat passed away, the reigning title of oldest cat went out to Corduroy.
Both owners of these wise felines shared a similar secret of a balanced diet and exercise, but it isn’t the only thing that can lengthen your cat’s life.
Indoor cats tend to live longer than outdoor cats because they have a lesser chance of being involved in a trauma.
On average, cat owners also take better care of their indoor cats, keeping up on vaccinations and parasite prevention. Many outdoor cats lose years to their lives due to life threatening viruses such as FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and Feline Leukemia.
If you want your cat to live as long as Corduroy or perhaps even longer, the best thing you can do as a pet owner is keep up on routine veterinary visits.
Aside from lots of love and a stress free living environment, a trip to the veterinarian’s clinic can add years to your cat’s life. Your veterinarian keeps Fluffy in check, monitoring weight, behavior and performs annual testing for life threatening conditions.
The average cat lives to be between 12 to 15 years of age, but cats like Corduroy prove that proper care can add almost a decade to your cat’s life line.
The building blocks to a long life beyond a cat’s nine lives is proper diet, exercise and regular visits to your veterinarian. Just look at Corduroy!