We are saddened to learn that Tiffany Two, the world’s oldest cat according to Guinness World Records, died on May 22 at the age of 27. The venerable feline died as she slept peacefully beside her longtime owner, Sharron Voorhees, ABC News reports.
“I feel OK about everything,” Voorhees told ABC News. “I did have a long time with her, and I feel the end was as perfect as it can be without morbidity.”
Tiffany Two celebrated her record-breaking 27th birthday in March, a milestone that Guinness said made her the equivalent of a 125-year-old human. At the time, Voorhees said that Tiffany Two was still an active kitty, still able to run around and climb the stairs in their California home.
“She’s not afraid of anything or anyone,” Voorhees told Guinness. “She walks right past the dogs; she’s very feisty!”
In 1988, shortly after the death of her first cat, also named Tiffany, Voorhees bought the then 6-week-old Tiffany Two for $10. According to Guinness, Voorhees often referred to the hearty black and orange tortoiseshell as “the best money ever spent.”
The record keepers did release a statement in the days following Tiffany Two’s death, noting that they, too, were “saddened” to hear of her passing. It is not known which feline will now claim the title of world’s oldest cat (although those who think their pets qualify are encouraged to contact Guinness), but the new record-holder will still have a lot of lives standing between them and the all-time oldest cat. Cream Puff, a cat from Austin, Texas, lived to the astonishing age of 38 years and 3 days.