Flossie, at the age of almost 27 years – which equates to the feline being 120 human years, according to Guinness World Records – has been crowned the world’s oldest living cat.
The British brown and black cat received official recognition from Guinness World Records on Thursday at the record age of 26 years and 329 days, according to a press release. Although visually impaired and deaf, she is reportedly in good health.
“I knew from the start that Flossie was a special cat, but I didn’t imagine I’d be sharing my home with a world record holder,” said owner Vicki Green, who adopted her after the elderly pet was surrendered to British Cat . welfare organization Cats Protection in August.
“She is so loving and playful, especially sweet when you remember how old she is. I am extremely proud that Cats Protection matched me with such an amazing cat,” she added.
Flossie has been in several homes since she lived as a stray kitten near Merseyside Hospital in Liverpool, northwest England, for the first months of her life in 1995.
She was adopted by a worker at the hospital, with whom she lived for 10 years before her owner died. Flossie was taken in by her late owner’s sister. After 14 years, her second owner died. She was then with her second owner’s son for three years before being entrusted to volunteer at Cats Protection.
It was then that word of her incredible age began to spread and the journey to verify her record began.
“We were stunned to see that Flossie’s vet records showed she was 27 years old,” Naomi Rosling, the charity’s department co-ordinator, said in the release.
Most cat owners prefer to adopt a much younger cat, with older animals often living out their final days in shelters, according to the release.
“I’ve always wanted to give older cats a comfortable later life,” said Green, who hopes Flossie’s story will encourage potential cat owners to give older pets a haven.
The oldest cat that ever lived, Crème Puff, reached the age of 38 years and three days. They died on August 6, 2005.
The former oldest living dog, Pebbles, died on October 3, five months before the toy fox terrier’s 23rd birthday. Gino Wolf, who lives with his owner in Los Angeles, is the current record holder at 22 years and 2 months old.