A former stray in the United Kingdom has achieved the Guinness World Record for oldest living cat.
Born in 1995, Flossie had her record verified on Nov. 10 at the age of 26 years and 316 days. The feline, who was born into a cat colony in Merseyside, England, and adopted as a young stray, lives with her current owner, Vicki Green, in the town of Orpington in London. The two were matched through U.K. feline welfare charity, Cats Protection. After living within the same family for nearly 25 years, Flossie was relinquished to the organization after outliving two of her previous owners.
Green, who has experience of caring for senior felines, says Flossie is an “amazing cat” and has settled in well.
“I knew from the start Flossie was a special cat, but I didn’t imagine I’d share my home with a Guinness World Records title holder,” Green says. “She’s so affectionate and playful, especially sweet when you remember how old she is.”
“She’s deaf and with failing eyesight but none of that seems to bother her,” Green continues. “She’s completely with it, loves affection, and has a very good appetite. She never turns her nose up at the chance of a good meal, except when she’s snuggled on her favorite yellow blanket.”
“We were flabbergasted when vet records showed Flossie to be nearly 27 years old,” adds Cats Protection branch coordinator, Naomi Rosling. “She’s the oldest cat I’ve ever met—at least 120 in human years. If I’m in such good shape when I’m her age, with someone who does what’s best for me when I need it most, I shall be a very happy lady.”
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