Aged 26, the oldest cat in the world is in the United Kingdom, where he has just been adopted by a new owner.
He is the equivalent of 120 years old. A British cat was recognized Thursday as the world’s oldest living cat by Guinness World Records. Named Flossie, the female is 26 years old and is described as “healthy, although visually impaired and deaf”.
During her long life, Flossie met several owners, says Guinness on her site. 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 its new owner until his death ten years later.
It was the sister of this former owner who decided to recover the brown and black cat. For 14 years, Flossie lived in this new home, until the death of her new owner.
“We were flabbergasted”
New change of house for the feline, which then found itself in the arms of the brother of its 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 flabbergasted when we saw that Flossie’s vet records showed she was almost 27,” said Naomi Rosling, branch coordinator for Cats Protection.
Through this organization, the animal met Vicki Green, an executive assistant. By adopting her, she did not know that she was welcoming the record holder.
“I knew from the start that Flossie was a special cat, but I never imagined that I would share 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 periods is much more impressive. Creme Puff, a cat born in Texas in 1967, was over 38 when he died in 2005.