Guinness World Records is saddened to hear that Tiffany Two, the holder of oldest cat living record, has passed away in her sleep at the age of 27 years 2 months 20 days.
Born on March 13, 1988 in San Diego, California, short-haired black and orange tortoiseshell 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 referred 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 lifespan into context, when Tiffany Two celebrated her 27th birthday back in March she had 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, as recently as February, Tiffany Two was reported to have good sight and hearing. Besides very small ailments such as high blood pressure from time to time, Sharron described 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 explained, recounting the record-breaking cat went missing for a full two years.
Nevertheless, Tiffany Two also had a soft side. Inseparable from her owner, Sharon described her as having a sweet demeanour and loved to be petted.
She enjoyed a varied diet with both wet food and dry food and resided mainly indoors but frequently popped outside when she fancied.
Sharon got in touch with Guinness World Records after her sister spotted the record for oldest living cat which was then held by Poppy, an English feline born in 1990.
While Tiffany Two's longevity was incredible, she still was some way off 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.
ABC News recently celebrated Tiffany Two's 27th birthday - watch the video below
And KUSI San Diego went along to celebrate