Flossie the cat, just weeks away from her 27th birthday, has been crowned the world’s oldest living cat by Guinness World Records. A brown-black cat from south-east London is about 120 human years old, according to a News release,
Her owner said Flossie, from Orpington, UK, is in good health despite her incredible age, although she is deaf and has poor vision.
“I knew from the beginning that Flossie was a special cat, but I never imagined I’d be sharing my home with a world-record holder,” said owner Vicki Green, who recently adopted the elderly pet. was adopted
“She’s very affectionate and playful, especially when you remember how old she is,” Green said.
Flossie has had several homes since she was born on December 29, 1995, with two owners having died. But in 2022, she found herself unexpectedly homeless when she was turned over to the care of UK pet rescue Cats last August.
“When we saw Flossie’s vet records listed her age as 27, we were stunned,” said Naomi Rosling, branch coordinator for Cats Protection.
According to Guinness World Records, Flossie’s life story began as a stray kitten in Merseyside, Liverpool, where she lived in a colony of cats close to a hospital. A group of hospital workers took pity on the months-old kittens and each decided to adopt one.
Flossie had a good life with her first owner until he passed away after 10 years. The cat was then taken in by the sister of its previous owner.
Flossie lived in her new home for 14 years until her second owner died as well. Then at age 24, the son of Flossie’s previous owner tried to take care of her as best he could.
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Flossie spent three years with Son before making the difficult decision to volunteer at Cats Protection; According to the news release, he felt that he could no longer adequately serve their needs.
“Since most cat owners love the idea of adopting a very young cat, Flossie seemed destined to stay with Cats Protection,” according to the news release, “facing the grim prospect of spending the rest of her life looking for a home.” is facing.
But soon, Flossie is matched with her new owner and Greene reports that she is adjusting well and sleeps by his side in the bed.
“I adopted her on the basis that this is her retirement home and she gets what she wants,” Green said in a video for Guinness.
Green previously had a cat who lived 21 years old named Honeybun, so she has firsthand experience caring for a senior kitty.
“(Flossie) sometimes misses her litter box or needs help grooming herself, but I can help with all of that. We’re leaving for the country anytime soon.”
Guinness reports that most days you can find Flossie napping next to her owner, wrapped up in her favorite yellow blanket, or enjoying a big bowl of food.
“She never turns up her nose at the chance of good food,” says Green.
Flossie may be the oldest living cat but she is not the oldest cat ever. That title belongs to a cat named Creme Puff, who lived for 38 years and 3 days.
Creme Puff’s owner, Jake Perry of Austin, Texas, was also the owner of the sixth oldest cat, named Granpa Rex Allen, who lived 34 years.
in a profile by atlas obscura, Perry said that a special diet and lots of stimulation and fun activities were the keys to her cats’ longevity. He says he feeds them dry commercial cat food as well as cooked eggs, turkey bacon, broccoli, coffee with cream, and every two days, an eyedropper full of red wine to “dilate the arteries.”