Caturday felid trifecta: New record for oldest living cat, a cat who forgot to cat, and Karl Lagerfeld’s spoiled moggie

May 9, 2015 • 7:45 am

To answer your first question, the cat, named Tiffany Two, is all of 26 years old. And according to the Guinness World Records site, she’s now the oldest living cat:

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”.

. . .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.
 Here’s Tiffany Two, who doesn’t look a day over 18:

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But her longevity is far from seting the record: in fact, it’s 12 year’s shy of the record, as I noted in an earlier post on aged cats, which has some videos and photos. It also shows the record holder, one Creme Puff, owned by Texan Jake Perry, who has raised a number of cats holding records for longevity. As the Wikipedia article on Creme Puff and Jake Perry’s other Cats:

Creme Puff (August 3, 1967 – August 6, 2005), was a female cat who died at age 38 years and 3 days. She was the oldest cat ever recorded, according to the 2010 edition of Guinness World Records. . . ..

Perry also owned Granpa Rexs Allen, who was claimed to have been born in Paris, in 1964 and died 1998, aged 34 years and 2 months. Granpa was posthumously awarded 1999 Cat of the Year by Cats & Kittens magazine. Granpa was featured in an earlier edition of Guinness World Records. The co-authors of at least one book have pondered whether the longevity of Perry’s cats may have had something to do with an unusual diet of, among other things, bacon and eggs, asparagus, and broccoli, concluding that Perry “must be doing something right.”

My earlier post shows Jake cooking breakfast for his cats, giving them their bacon, egg, and asparagus. I’ll put the video below again as it’s adorable. As I said,

Here’s a 9.5-minute video of Jake Perry and some of his many his cats. It’s lovely—watch it! You can see Perry cooking breakfast for the cats; Granpa, a Sphynx, makes an appearance; and record-holder Creme Puff finally shows up at 7:23, looking very good for 35!

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Is this animal, who seems to like water and nuzzles a fish, really a cat, or a small d*g in a cat suit?

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Finally, from OddityCentral.com, we have a report on German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and his famously spoiled cat, Choupette. Get a load of this (my emphasis):

German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is undoubtedly a rich man, but here’s a shocker – even his cat Choupette is richer than most people. The furry white feline managed to earn over three million dollars from just two days of modelling work. She is now believed to be the world’s most pampered cat – she has two maids, enjoys First Class travel around the world and even has her own Instagram account with hundreds of thousands of followers.

According to 81-year-old Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel and Fendi, Choupette did two modelling assignments last year – one for Japanese cosmetics brand Shu Uemura, and the other for a Opel Corsa car calendar. Collectively, the two jobs earned her a whopping three million euro – a figure that professional supermodels might probably get paid for a much harder year’s work.

Here she is:

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Although Choupette’s earnings are dwarfed by feline competitor and internet sensation Grumpy Cat ($100 million commercial deals), Lagerfeld says that’s only because he’s picky about Choupette’s assignments. “I don’t allow her to do foodstuffs and things like this. She’s too sophisticated for that,” he explained.

“She hates other animals and hates children,” he added. “She stays with me always and has two personal maids. They play with her, they have to take care of her beautiful white hair, the beauty treatments for her eyes, and they entertain her. She is the center of the world. If you saw her, you would understand.”

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Look what she eats and drinks!:

Lagerfeld makes sure his feline muse gets all that she deserves. Choupette has her own iPad and only drinks bespoke mineral water that was specially blended for her using a cocktail of Swiss, Swedish, British and German water by LeWater Bar Colette in Paris. Her food, prepared by her own personal chef Patrice, consists of liver pate, chicken and fresh fish. The morsels are served in her favorite silver dishes made by French luxury goods company Goyard.

When she is not eating at home, Choupette dines at the fanciest restaurants in Paris, where she is welcomed like royalty. The famous La Voltaire restaurant on the banks of the Seine is actually preparing a special called ‘Choupette’s Eggs’ – a concoction of chopped boiled eggs with fresh mint. Cafe De Flore also offers ‘Croquettes a la Choupette’ to the special guest.

What can you say to that except “Oy vey!!!”?  But of course all cats secretly desire to be treated like Choupette.

To honor his favorite pet, Lagerfeld has designed a range of accessories like socks, keyrings, and shopping bags, all adorned with a white cat motif. The moody French sensation was also featured in a 128-page coffee table book called The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat. The book consists of accounts from her fabulous life, as told by her personal maids Francoise and Marjorie.

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h/t: T. F., amber

24 thoughts on “Caturday felid trifecta: New record for oldest living cat, a cat who forgot to cat, and Karl Lagerfeld’s spoiled moggie

  1. What can you say to that except “Oy vey!!!”?

    My comment starts, but by no means ends, with reference to a hypothetical guy whose middle name is Haploid. The last line in the Doonesbury toon posted here comes to mind, too.

  2. The furry white feline managed to earn over three million dollars from just two days of modelling work.

    Tax dodge, I’ll bet. I don’t know quite how it works, but I smell a tax dodge, in exactly the same way that I smell a tax dodge when I meet a colleague who is a limited liability company with two employees, the colleague and the spouse, each of whom takes a wage a few pennies short of the margin for paying higher rate tax from the colleague’s income. One if the geologist, one is the company’s receptionist (working from home) and administrator. That can save 8 to [something] thousand quid of tax a year.
    I bet – the price of a beer – that if you examine the French (or whoever Lager-breath pays tax under) tax code, there will be a trigger point just above Spoiled-moggy’s income level, and by sheer and utter coincidence those expenditures on Model Moggy’s modeleing fees (and the maids, don’t forget the maids) save Lager-breath tax somewhere else.
    I read “Catch-22” ; I know what people can do in high finance. How it works, I don’t know, but it seems to work.
    Congrats to Model Moggy for choosing financially astute staff.

  3. “…three million dollars from just two days of modelling work.”

    My dog and fish better get out there & start earning!!

  4. All of us, at some point, find ourselves having to bullshit our way through one job or another, but can you imagine being a cat’s personal maid?

    1. That water can’t be far above freezing point. I’m just amazed the fish are still alive and active.

  5. Cat News Alert: anyone else listening to Wait,Wait, Don’t Tell Me with Steve Buscemi as guest? They just talked about an attempt in 1879 to have cats deliver mail…which for some reason, I can’t imagine what, did not exactly work.

    1. That should work at least as well as putting a message in a bottle and throwing it in the ocean! Well, almost as well… ok, maybe not actually quite that well.

      1. I’m pretty sure it did work about as well. There’s a kids book on amazon about it. guess it happened in Liege, Belgium, probably after a few glasses of tripel.

  6. The cat with the fish is definitely a cat. Note the position of it’s tail; a very I’m Not Getting Any Wetter Than I Have To stance. It’s just that the fish is so fascinating.

    It reminds me of my late, very small cat Natasha who would try in vain to get across a wet lawn without getting her feet and belly wet. You could almost see a thought-bubble of “How do I get across the lawn without putting my feet down?” But the lawn absolutely had to be crossed, so she took care to stay as dry as possible.

  7. What a super Caturday trifecta!

    Not sure but what I’d prefer ol’ Jake’s life to Karl’s. Bespoke water, for chrissakes?

    Interesting that Jake recalled cat-related dates effortlessly, but not the day his wife left him.

  8. Granpa Rexs Allen is not to be confused with the legendary Grandpaw, sometimes spotted with Bigfoot.

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