the “the oldest living cat in the world” a new chapter is beginning.
He has lived 26 years and 329 days, and is almost 120 human years old. And on Thursday, November 24, Guinness World Records officially recognized her as the oldest cat on the planet.
“Don’t let appearances fool you: Flossie may still be as cute and playful as a kitten, but she’s an older lady,” Guinness said in a press release.
Flossie the British cat has lived a full life. She was seen wandering the streets in 1995 and lived in a cat colony near a hospital.
The hospital workers decided to give each one a home. Flossie was adopted by a hospital worker in December of that year and she suddenly “found herself surrounded by love, hot meals and toys,” Guinness World Records said.
The cat lived with that owner for a decade until she passed away. So, the owner’s sister took care of the cat.
“Unfortunately, after 14 years of living in the new home, the kitten again found herself in need of a home when her second owner also passed away,” Guinness said. “She was then 24 years old.”
The previous owner’s son took care of the cat, but decided he might not be the best owner for her at the time.
After Flossie lived with him for three years, the son decided to take the cat to volunteers at Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and the District Branch of Cats Protection.
“It was not an easy decision,” Naomi Rosling of Cats Protection said in the press release. He sought our help when it was best for Flossie. Responsible cat ownership is when someone puts the needs of an animal above their feelings.
The volunteers, however, were “stunned” by Flossie. They did not believe that the cat was 27 years old.
The brown and black cat is in excellent health for her age. She is “eye-scared and deaf” but remains playful and calm, her current owner, Vicki Green, told Guinness World Records.
Green met Flossie at Cats Protection. He had experience caring for older cats and welcomed Flossie into her home.
“She was noisy for the first few nights because she couldn’t see in the dark and was a little confused in her new surroundings, but now she sleeps through the night, snuggling in bed with me,” Green said.
Flossie has adjusted well to her new chapter. She has a yellow blanket that she adores, and loves to snuggle up and nap.
“If I’m in as good shape when I’m her age with someone doing what’s best for me when I need it most, I’ll be a very happy lady,” Green said.
Flossie could live a lot longer. According to Guinness World Records, the oldest cat that ever lived was a decade older than Flossie. Creme Puff was born in Texas and lived to be 38 years and three days.