Guinness World Records can today confirm Tiffany Two, a 26-year-old, short-haired black and orange tortoiseshell, is the new holder of oldest cat living record.
Born on March 13, 1988 in San Diego, California, Tiffany Two was bought by her owner Sharon Voorhees from a local pet shop when the record breaking kitty was six weeks old.
Sharon paid $10 for her and commonly refers to Tiffany Two as the “best money ever spent”.
Around the same time, Sharon purchased two dogs, born around the same time. Sadly they both passed away many years ago, with Tiffany Two out living them by some distance.
To put her age into context, when Tiffany Two celebrates her 27th birthday next month she will have lived the equivalent of 125 human years.
Sharon settled on the name Tiffany Two as something of a tribute to another tortoiseshell cat she once owned in the 1970s that also boasted a beautiful multi-coloured coat.
Despite her incredible age, she still has good sight and hearing. Besides very small ailments such as high blood pressure from time to time, Sharron describes her as “not feeble and still able to go up and down stairs”.
“She’s not afraid of anything or anyone. She walks right past the dogs, she’s very feisty!” Sharon explains, recounting the record-breaking cat went missing for a full two years.
Nevertheless, Tiffany Two also has a soft side. Inseparable from her owner, Sharon says she has a sweet demeanour and loves to be petted.
She eats a varied diet with both wet food and dry food and resides indoors but frequently also goes outdoors when she fancies.
Sharon got in touch with Guinness World Records after her sister spotted the record for oldest living cat was then held by Poppy, an English feline born in 1990.
While Tiffany Two's longevity is incredible, she still has some way to go to beat the oldest cat ever record, set by a feline from Austin, Texas called >Creme Puff who was born on 3 August 1967 and lived until 6 August 2005 - an amazing 38 years and 3 days.