An Orpington cat approaching her 27th birthday has been crowned the world’s oldest living feline by Guinness World Records.
At the age of 26 years and 329 days, Flossie is visually impaired and deaf, but otherwise in good health and playful. She is still said to love hugs and food, but despite living in different houses, she has reached the equivalent of 120 in human years.
Born in December 1995 in the Liverpool area, Flossie was a stray before being adopted by a Merseyside hospital worker.
Ten years later, the owner died and Flossie was passed on to her sister – who also died 14 years later, meaning the cat moved in with their brother at the age of 24.
But after three years, the owner could no longer care for Flossie, so she was handed over to Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and District Branch of Cats Protection.
In August, the charity noted that Flossie’s vet records put her at almost 27 years old – making her older than many members of the England men’s team at the World Cup, and well ahead of the 12-18 years felines typically live. They were able to verify the achievement after approaching Guinness World Records.
The information they have since passed on to her new owner, Orpington’s Vicki Green – an experienced elderly feline owner.
Naomi Rosling, cat protection coordinator, said: “We were stunned when we saw Flossie’s vet records showed she was 27 years old.
“[The previous owner] 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.
“[Giving her up] was not an easy decision to make.”
Mrs. Green was initially unaware that the brown and black cat was a record holder in waiting and has seen the cat enjoying a nap with her owner, curled up in a yellow blanket or enjoying food.
“I knew from the start that Flossie was a special cat, but I didn’t think I’d be sharing my home with a world record holder,” she said.
“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 sleeps through the night, snuggled up in my bed.
“She is so affectionate and playful, especially sweet considering how old she is. I am extremely proud that Cats Protection matched me with such a wonderful cat.”
“She never turns up her nose at the chance of a good meal,” she added.