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Corduroy becomes the world's oldest cat at 26

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 8/14/2015 Mary Bowerman

© Provided by USA Today A 26-year-old feline named Corduroy is now the world's oldest cat. Meow. 

Guinness World Records named Corduroy the new title holder on Thursday. He was born on Aug. 1, 1989, and has spent most of his life roaming the countryside of Oregon with his owner, Ashley Reed Okura, according to a statement from Guinness World Records.

Okura picked Corduroy from a litter of kittens when she was 7-years-old. She said the secret to Corduroy's long life is simple.

"The secret has been allowing him to be a cat, hunting and getting plenty of love. Growing up on 160 acres in Oregon, I allowed Corduroy to roam the ranch freely, so he always gets lots of exercises," Okura said in a statement. 

A cat with discerning taste, he enjoys sharp cheddar and mice, according to the statement.

Corduroy claimed the title after previous record holder, Tiffany Two, passed away. Tiffany Two lived to be 27 years, two months and 20 days.

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