Flossie, at the age of about 27 – the equivalent of 120 human years. Guinness World Records – has been crowned the world’s oldest living cat.
The British brown and black cat was officially recognized by Guinness World Records on Thursday at a record-breaking age of 26 years and 329 days, according to a news release. Although she is frail and deaf, she is reportedly in good health.
“I knew from the start that Flossie was a special cat, but I never thought I’d be sharing my home with a world record holder,” said owner Vicky Green, who adopted the elderly pet from Cats of Britain. He was adopted after being handed over. Welfare charity Cats Protection in August.
“She is so loving and playful, especially cute when you remember how old she is. I am so proud that Cats Protection met me with such an amazing cat,” she added. .
Flossie has been in several homes since she was born in 1995 as a stray kitten near Merseyside Hospital in Liverpool, northwest England, in the first few months of her life.
She was adopted by a hospital worker, with whom she lived for 10 years before her owner’s death. Flossie was taken in by her late owner’s sister. 14 years later, its second owner died. She was then with her second owner’s son for three years, before being surrendered to volunteers at Cats Protection.
That’s when word of his incredible age began to spread and the journey to verify his record began.
“We were shocked when we saw that Flossie’s doctor’s records listed her as 27 years old,” Naomi Rosling, the charity’s branch coordinator, said in the release.
While most cat owners prefer to adopt very young cats, older animals often spend their final days in shelters, according to the release.
“I always want to give older cats a comfortable and peaceful life later in life,” said Green, who hopes Flossie’s story will inspire potential cat owners to provide shelters for older pets. will
The oldest living cat, Cream Puff, reached the age of 38 years and three days. He died on 6 August 2005.
Formerly the oldest living dog, Pebbles, the toy fox terrier died on October 3, five months before his 23rd birthday. Gino Wolf, who lives with his owner in Los Angeles, is the current record holder at 22 years and 2 months.