A sweet tortoiseshell cat named Tiffany II passed away in her sleep this week at the age 27 years, 2 months and 20 days, leaving behind a legacy of love that won't soon be forgotten.
Tiffany II was officially recognized as "the world's oldest cat" by Guinness World Records in February for exceeding her species' typical life expectancy by more than a decade. Shortly after, The Dodo spoke with the elderly cat's adoring owner, Sharon Voorhees, whereupon we learned the incredibly touching secret to Tiffany II's record-breaking longevity - love.
"I always say that she's lived so long because she's so completely devoted," Voorhees said at the time. "I have the feeling that she just doesn't want to leave me, and I think there's some truth to that."