When asked what she believes has been the secret to Corduroy's incredible longevity, Okura says she's thinks it's the fact that he's always been allowed a level of freedom to indulge in his wilder instincts.
"I honestly believe that by keeping Corduroy's claws he was able to defend himself and go hunting outside. I think it's good for the cat's mental health to go outside and feel like a cat," she said. "Don't declaw your cat."
Okura says Corduroy is a commanding presence on her family's ranch where, despite his age, he still instills fear in any critters that cross his path.
"His favorite is mice," she said.