At the age of 26, the oldest cat in the world is in the UK, where he has just been adopted by a new owner.
He is equivalent to 120 years old. A British cat was recognized on Thursday as the world’s oldest living cat by Guinness World Records. The woman, named Flossie, is 26 years old and is described as “healthy, although partially sighted and deaf”.
During her long life, Flossie met several owners, Guinness says on its side. A few months old, she was living on the streets with other cats near a county hospital in Merseyside, east of Manchester, when she was adopted by a staff member in 1995. She then lived with her new owner until his death ten years later.
It was the sister of this former owner who decided to reclaim the brown and black cat. For 14 years, Flossie lived in this new home until her new owner died.
“We were amazed”
New house change for the cat, who then found himself in the arms of the brother of his first owner for three years. But his situation led him to entrust Flossie last August to Cats Protection, a charity dedicated to caring for stray cats.
“We were amazed when we saw that Flossie’s vet records showed she was almost 27,” said Naomi Rosling, department co-ordinator for Cats Protection.
Through this organization, the animal met Vicki Green, an executive assistant. By adopting her, she didn’t know she was welcoming the record holder.
“I knew from the start that Flossie was a special cat, but I never imagined I would be sharing my home with a world record holder,” she said.
If Flossie currently holds the record for the oldest living cat in the world with 26 years on the clock, this record for all time is much more impressive. Creme Puff, a cat born in Texas in 1967, was over 38 when he died in 2005.