Stubbs, Talkeetna’s honorary cat mayor beloved by Alaskans and tourists alike, has died at the age of 20 according to the animal’s owners.

Stubbs’ death was announced late Saturday in a statement from the Spone family, which purchased Nagley’s General Store and the West Rib Pub and Grill in 2015.

Part of the contract, the family said, was that Stubbs would stay with the store.

Stubbs had survived an attack by a dog in 2013 and a false report of his death last year, but spent less time out and about at the general store where he had routinely let visitors pet him. By late 2016 he was largely staying at home, but was spending more time with two kittens the Spones had taken in, Aurora and Denali.

“After a day or two of him giving them the eye and a little growl here and there; they became best friends,” the family wrote. “He got some spunk back playing with kittens. He would even swat at them as they passed and snuggle in his bed with them at night.”

On Thursday night, Stubbs went to bed curled up next to Aurora. When the family woke up Friday, “he was already in heaven.”

“Stubbs lived for 20 years and 3 months. He was a trooper until the very last day of his life; meowing at us throughout the day to pet him or to come sit on the bed with him and let him snuggle and purr for hours in our lap,” the family wrote. “Thank you, Stubbs, for coming into our lives for the past 31 months; you are a remarkable cat and we will dearly miss you. We loved the time we were allowed to spend with you.”

Although Stubbs is gone, one of the Spones’ kittens might be ready to take up his mayoral mantle.

“Amazingly, Denali has the exact personality as Stubbs. He loves the attention, he’s like a little puppy when he’s around people,” the family wrote. “We couldn’t have asked for a better understudy than Denali – he really has followed in Stubbs’ pawprints in just about everything.”

The family asked that well-wishers refrain from calling them, the store or the restaurant, and instead send cards or letters to the store at PO Box 413, Talkeetna AK 99676. A memory book of Stubbs photos is also being assembled; images can be emailed to

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