It’s the end of the era — the era of Tiffany Two, the world’s oldest cat, who has died at a phenomenal 27-years-old.
That’s 125 in human years, which makes one think cats possess the much-coveted secret to longevity.
Officially, the aged kitty was 27-years, two-months, and nine-days-old, and her owner — Sharron Voorhees — is grateful to have had that much time with her.
“I did have a long time with her and I feel the end was as perfect as it can be without morbidity. She just loved me to pieces and was clearly devoted to me,” she told ABC News.
As her name suggests, she is the second cat Sharron has owned to go by that name. She owned the first one in the 1970s, and she succumbed to cancer, the New York Daily News added. Both cats were tortoiseshell.
It’s anyone’s guess who will inherit the geriatric feline’s prestigious title. She didn’t actually enjoy that distinction for too long; Vorhees contacted Guinness World Records just last year, when she learned the previous world’s oldest cat had died at 24 in June.
Though she held the title for the last year of her life, Sharron said that right up until she died, she was in perfect health and still feisty enough to stand up to the dogs.
“She spent her last days laying either on the deck or down in the yard. She used to sleep right next to me every night. But in recent months she slept in the middle of the staircase, or, most recently, she had taken up residence on the dog’s huge pillow-bed in the living room. But that night she slept next to me on her heated pad. And that is where she passed.”
Their life together began in 1988 in San Diego, when she shelled out $10 at a pet shop for the 6-week-old kitten. She called it “the best investment I ever made. We’re inseparable. She gets very emotional when I pet her. She drools.”
Now that Tiffany Two has died, Guinness is on the hunt for the current record holder. Most kitties live to be 17, at most. And believe it or not, this elderly kitty was actually only a few months shy of the supreme record holder, a Texan called Cream Puff who lived to be 38.
“Guinness World Records is saddened to hear that Tiffany Two … has passed away in her sleep,” a Guinness representative said. “We are currently investigating and verifying the potential successors for the oldest living cat title and will announce this once we’re in a position to do so. We welcome applications … on our website.”
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