Guinness World Records and the charity Cats Protection have recognized Flossie, born in 1995, as the world’s oldest living cat.
Flossie was surrendered to volunteers in Kent aged 26 after her owner was unable to support her.
But her fortunes changed after she found a new home with experienced senior cat carer and executive assistant Vicki Green, who lives in Orpington in the South East London.
Remarkably, Vicki is the same age as her new pet, who turns 27 in a few weeks.
Despite being deaf and having failing eyesight, Flossie is described by Miss Green as “loving, playful and sweet”.
“I knew from the start that Flossie was a special cat, but I never imagined I would be sharing my home with a Guinness World Records title holder,” Miss Green said.
“She sometimes misses her litter box or needs help grooming herself, but I can help with all of that. We’re in this together.
“She never turns her nose up at the chance of a good meal, except when snuggling up on her favorite yellow blanket.”
After being taken in by two workers near a Merseyside hospital back in 1995, Flossie stayed with her first owner for 10 years until they died.
Flossie was taken in by the owner’s sister and stayed there for another 14 years until that owner also died.
Flossie was with the woman’s son for three years until his condition forced him to take her to Cats Protection Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and District branch.
Naomi Rosling, co-ordinator at the branch, said: “We were stunned when vet records showed Flossie was almost 27 years old.
“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 doing what’s best for me when I need it most for that, I will be a very happy lady.”
According to the Omni Calculator, 27 human years equals 124 cat years.
However, she still has some way to go to beat the record for the oldest cat ever – Creme Puff – who lived an impressive 38 years and three days with her owner Jake Perry in Austin, Texas.