Flossie is officially the oldest cat in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. This cat is real 27 years old, nine more than the life expectancy of its congeners! A very rare situation for a feline of this species. In human life, this cat would be nearly 120 years old!
Flossie started life as a stray kitten, found near Merseyside Hospital in Liverpool. It was in 1995, in the very first months of his life. She was recovered by a hospital employee and remained with her for 10 years before her owner died. Flossie was then taken in by her sister, who died when the cat turned 14. She then lives for three years with her second owner’s son, becoming entrusted to the association Cats Protection.
The oldest cat in the world, Flossie, is 27 years old!
27 years for a cat, admittedly, is not very common. The life expectancy of these felines varies certainly from one breed to another. For example, Siamese, BBritish Shorthairs, Maine Coons, Ragdolls and Abyssinians are known to have a relatively short life expectancy, around 10 years. While European cats are more resilient and can live 18 years or more. But when a cat exceeds these numbers, it is an exception.
Flossie’s unusual age only began to be noticed when she was taken in by the Cat Protection Society. “We were amazed when we saw Flossie’s vet records showed she was 27”, Naomi Rosling, a member of the association, explained to the Guinness Book of Records. It is from that moment Flossie’s existence began to be publicizeduntil they reach the ears in the Guinness Book of Records.
Exceptional longevity for a cat
Due to his advanced age, the Guinness Book of World Records could not help but recognize that he is the oldest cat in the world to date. Flossie also received this official recognition from the famous book on Thursday, when she just reached her 26 years and 329 days! Nevertheless, she is not in perfect health. Flossie is actually deaf and her eyesight is not very good.
“I knew from the start that Flossie was a special cat, but I never imagined that I would be sharing my house with a world record holder”, admitted Vicki Green, its new owner. And yes, Flossie is also very lucky: she has found a new mistress! A beautiful story that the Cat Protection Association hopes to encourage for other old cats.
Flossie is the oldest cat in the world, but not in history
However, Flossie is not the oldest cat in history. This record is still held by Cream puff, a cat from Texas. He lived until 38 years and three days! A real cheat for death! In fact, Flossie would be the 31st oldest cat ever known to date. A nice location nonetheless, and which can of course develop as time goes on!