Meet Flossie: At Almost 27, She’s The World’s Oldest Living Cat


Flossie the cat, just weeks shy of her 27th birthday, has been crowned the world’s oldest living cat by Guinness World Records. The brown and black south-east London cat is around 120 human years old, according to a press release.

Flossie from Orpington, UK, is in good health despite her incredible age, although she is deaf and visually impaired, her owner said.

Flossie the cat, the oldest living cat at 26.

Flossie the cat, the oldest living cat at 26.

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“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,” said owner Vicki Green, who recently adopted the senior animal.

“She’s so affectionate and playful, especially sweet when you remember her age,” Green added.

Flossie has had many homes since she was born on December 29, 1995, surviving two owners. But in 2022 she found herself unexpectedly homeless when she was turned into Cats Pet Protection in the UK last August.

“We were flabbergasted when we saw that Flossie’s vet records showed she was 27,” said Cats Protection branch coordinator Naomi Rosling.

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Flossie’s life story began as a stray kitten in Merseyside, Liverpool, where she lived in a cat colony near a hospital, according to Guinness World Records. A group of hospital workers took pity on the months-old kittens and each decided to adopt one.

Flossie had a great life with its first owner until their death 10 years later. The feline was then taken in by the sister of its former owner.

Flossie the cat, who receives pets from her owner Vicki Green.

Flossie the cat, who receives pets from her owner Vicki Green.

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Flossie lived in her new home for 14 years until her second owner passed away. Then 24 years old, the son of Flossie’s former owner tries to take care of her as best he can.

Flossie spent three years with the son before making the difficult decision to entrust him with volunteers at Cats Protection; he had realized that he could no longer adequately meet his needs, according to the press release.

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“Because most cat owners prefer the idea of ​​adopting a much younger cat, Flossie seemed destined to stay with Cats Protection,” according to the press release, “when faced with the serious possibility of spending the rest of her life looking for a home.”

But soon enough, Flossie was matched with her new owner, and Green reports that she’s adjusting well and sleeping cuddled up in her bed.

“I adopted her on the basis that it’s her retirement home and she gets whatever she wants,” Green said in a video for Guinness, adding that she hopes Flossie’s story will encourage more potential cat owners to adopt senior cats.

Flossie the cat who sleeps on Green's lap, a favorite pastime.

Flossie the cat who sleeps on Green’s lap, a favorite pastime.

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Green previously owned a cat who lived to be 21, named Honeybun, so she has first-hand experience caring for a senior cat.

“(Flossie) sometimes misses her litter box or needs help grooming herself, but I can help with all of that. We’re in this together.

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Guinness reports that most of the time, you can find Flossie napping next to her owner, curled up in her favorite yellow blanket, or enjoying a large bowl of food.

“She never looks up from a good meal,” Green says.

Flossie with her favorite yellow blanket.

Flossie with her favorite yellow blanket.

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Flossie may be the oldest living cat, but she’s not the oldest living cat. This title belongs to a cat named Creme Puff who lived 38 years and 3 days.

Creme Puff owner Jake Perry of Austin, Texas also owned the sixth oldest living cat named Granpa Rexs Allen, who lived for 34 years.

In a profile for Atlas Obscura, Perry said a special diet and plenty of challenging and fun activities were key to her cats’ longevity. He says he feeds them commercial dry cat food along with cooked eggs, turkey bacon, broccoli, coffee with cream and, every other day, a pipette full of red wine for “to circulate the arteries”.

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