At 27 years old, Flossie has been declared the world’s oldest cat alive. The feline would be 189 if in human years, making her even older than the oldest human, French supercentenarian Jeanne Calmet, who is 122.
Flossie, who lives in London, is deaf and experiencing failing eyesight. However, she is described as “playful and sweet.”
The cat was taken into a shelter but has recently found a new home with an owner who is also 27.
The cat was born in 1995 and was found living with a group of stray cats near a hospital in Merseyside, England.
A hospital worker took her in, but she died ten years later.
Flossie then lived with her owner’s sister for 14 years. She eventually handed the cat over to her son, who cared for her for three years.
When the son could no longer keep the cat, he put her into the Cats Protection charity in Kent, where 27-year-old Vicki Green adopted her.
Breaking news…GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ have recognised Flossie as the World’s Oldest Cat! ?? She was adopted from our @CP_TwellsBranch and is 26 years old, which is over 120 human years! Here’s to all the #MatureMoggies! @GWR https://t.co/kRyYj33Xsi pic.twitter.com/A3qfu56XNo
— Cats Protection (@CatsProtection) November 24, 2022
Vicki was shocked by the feline’s rise to fame. She said she didn’t know she’ll have a pet that holds a Guinness World Records title for the world’s oldest cat.
She described the 27-year-old cat to be sweet and playful even with its failing eyesight and deafness.
Vicki’s previous cat Honeybun, lived to the age of 21, giving the new owner some experience with older cats. She encourages people to adopt cats that are in their twilight years.
Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of the Guinness World Records, congratulated Flossie for her long life. He also mentioned that people cannot always come across a cat that has been around since mid-nineties.