Guinness World Records names ‘world’s oldest living cat’

Flossie is an almost 27-year-old British cat.

Flossie is an almost 27-year-old British cat.

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The ‘oldest living cat in the world’ 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 in the world.

“Don’t be fooled: Flossie may still be as pretty and playful as a kitty, but she’s an older lady,” Guinness said in a press release.

Flossie the British cat has lived a full life. She was spotted on the street in 1995 living in a cat colony near a hospital.

Hospital workers decided to give them all a home. Flossie was adopted by a hospital worker in December of that year and was suddenly “surrounded by love, hot meals and toys,” according to Guinness World Records.

The cat lived with that owner for ten years until she died. Then the owner’s sister took the cat in.

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“Unfortunately, after living in the new house for 14 years, the cat needed a home again when her second owner also died,” Guinness said. “She was 24 years old at the time.”

The previous owner’s son took the cat in, but he decided that 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 from the Cats Protection’s Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and District Branch.

“It wasn’t an easy decision,” Cats Protection’s Naomi Rosling said in the press release. “He sought our help when it was in Flossie’s best interest. Responsible cat ownership is when someone thinks about an animal’s needs over their feelings.”

However, the volunteers were “stunned” by Flossie. They did not believe that the cat was 27 years old.

The brown and black cat is in good health for her age. She is “visually impaired and deaf,” but she’s still playful and unbothered, her current owner Vicki Green told Guinness World Records.

Green met Flossie at Cats Protection. She had experience caring for senior cats and welcomed Flossie into her home.

“She was noisy the first few nights because she can’t see in the dark and was a little confused in her new environment, but now she’s sleeping through the night, snuggled up in my bed,” Green said.

Flossie has adjusted well to her new chapter. She has a yellow blanket that she adores, and she loves to cuddle and take naps.

“If I’m in as good a shape as I am at her age with someone who does what’s best for me when I need it most, I’ll be a very lucky lady,” Green said.

Flossie could live much longer. According to Guinness World Records, the oldest cat that ever lived was 10 years older than Flossie. Creme Puff was born in Texas at the age of 38 years and three days.

Maddie Capron is a McClatchy Real-Time News Reporter focusing on the outdoors and wildlife in the western US. She graduated from Ohio University and previously worked at CNN, the Idaho Statesman and Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism.

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