In a recent announcement by Guinness World Records, Flossie the cat has been crowned the world’s oldest living feline, with just a few weeks left until her 27th birthday.
According to a news release released by the London Zoo, this brown and black cat, which lives in southeast London, is approximately 120 years old.
It Is Official That Guinness World Records Have Recognized Flossie
It has been announced that Flossie has been named the world’s oldest living cat by Guinness World Records, at almost 27 years old. As a result of his record-breaking age of 26 years and 316 days, the British brown and black cat has been officially acknowledged at the record-breaking age of 120 human years, which corresponds to being 26 years and 316 days old.
Even though she lacks sight, Vicki Green, her owner, said that she is still playful and curious and is unfazed by the fact that she cannot hear and quickly adapts to new environments, despite her blindness. So after being placed under the care of Cats Protection, the U.K.’s foremost cat welfare charity, in August 2022, Flossie was given a new home, and her new life began.
Born December 29, 1995, Flossie Has Lived In Many Homes
Since she was born on December 29, 1995, Flossie has been in many homes and outlived two owners. However, she became unexpectedly homeless after being turned into a shelter by the U.K. pet rescue organization Cats Protection in August 2022.
When Flossie was a kitten, Flossie lived, according to Guinness World Records, with cats near a hospital in Merseyside, Liverpool. There, she lived in a colony of cats. Taking an interest in the kittens and taking pity on them, each hospital staff member took home one of the month-old kittens.
The first owner of Flossie enjoyed a happy relationship with her up to the time of her death ten years after she was born. As a result, her previous owner’s sister took her in when her former owner could not care for her. It took Flossie 14 years to live with her new family, as both of her owners died before she could move into her new home. When Flossie’s owner passed away at the age of 24, the son of her former owner attempted to give her the best care he could.
The son had been taking care of Flossie for three years before he decided to hand her over to Cats Protection volunteers, as he had realized that he could no longer care for her adequately, as stated in the press release. Eventually, Flossie was adopted by her new owner Green, who appears to be adapting well to her new home and sleeping in her bed at night.
Flossie May Not Be The Oldest Cat Of All Time, But She Is One Of The Oldest
There is no doubt that Flossie is the oldest cat alive, but she was never the most senior cat ever to be alive. As far as living to the age of 38 years and three days, that’s a record that belongs to a cat named Creme Puff. However, the owner of Creme Puff, Jake Perry of Austin, Texas, also owned the cat that lived for 34 years until the end of his days. Granpa Rex Allen was the sixth oldest cat ever to live.
During a profile published by Atlas Obscura earlier this year, Perry stated that the key to keeping his cats healthy was providing them with a balanced diet and plenty of stimulating and fun activities. He feeds his cats food made for cats, cooked eggs, turkey bacon, broccoli, ice cream with cream, a cup of coffee with cream every two days, and an eyedropper full of red wine to keep their arteries healthy.
Based on the U.K.’s Cat Care 4 Life, the average lifespan of cats in the U.K. is about 13 to 14 years. However, Flossie has passed that age and is doing well already. Wishing her continued good health. Would you consider yourself to be a cat lover? Please let us know if this is the case by posting a comment below about your experience.