“The world’s oldest living cat” starts a new chapter.
She has lived 26 years and 329 days, and she is almost 120 in human years. And on Thursday, November 24, Guinness World Records officially recognized her as the oldest cat on the planet.
“Don’t let her looks fool you: Flossie may still be as beautiful and playful as a kitty, but she’s a senior lady,” Guinness said in a press release.
The British cat Flossie has lived a full life. She was seen roaming the streets in 1995 and living in a cat colony near a hospital.
Hospital workers decided to give each one a home. Flossie was adopted by a hospital worker in December of that year and “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. Then the owner’s sister took the cat in.
“Unfortunately, after 14 years of living in the new home, the kitty found herself again 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 the cat in, but he 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 volunteer at Cats Protection’s Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and District Branch.
“It was not an easy decision,” Naomi Rosling of Cats Protection said in the press release. “He sought our help when it was in Flossie’s best interests. Responsible cat ownership is when someone thinks of an animal’s needs above their feelings.”
However, the volunteers were “amazed” by Flossie. They did not believe that the cat was 27 years old.
The brown and black cat is in good health for its age. She is “impaired sight and deaf”, but she is still playful and untamed, her current owner Vicki Green told Guinness World Records.
Green met Flossie at Cats Protection. She had experience caring for older cats and welcomed Flossie into her home.
“She was loud the first few nights because she can’t see in the dark and was a little confused in her new surroundings, but she’s sleeping through the night now, snuggling in bed with me,” Green said.
Flossie has adjusted well to her new chapter. She has a yellow blanket that she loves, and she loves to cuddle and sleep.
“If I’m in that 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 much longer. According to Guinness World Records, the oldest cat to have ever lived was a full decade older than Flossie. Born in Texas, Creme Puff was 38 years and three days old.