Just before her 27th birthday, a British kitten was officially recognized with the name Oldest living cat.
Don’t let appearances fool you: Flossie may still be cute and playful as a cat, but she’s an old lady.
In the there-Cute lifespan 26 years 316 days, which is roughly the equivalent of 120 feline years. The record-breaking pet is healthy, despite poor eyesight and deafness.
Flossie, a beautiful brown-and-black cat with a gentle disposition who loves cuddling and food, has seen different homes throughout her long life.
She’s still playful and curious, says her current owner, Vicki, who doesn’t mind her deafness and adapts quickly to new environments despite her poor eyesight.
Every day, you can find Flossie purring and napping by her owner, curled up in her favorite yellow blanket, or enjoying a big bowl of food.
“She never turns up her nose at the chance to eat a good meal,” says Vicki.
Flossie’s journey to confirm her record began in August 2022, when she was handed over to the care of Cats Protection, the UK’s leading cat welfare charity.
“We were amazed to see that Flossie’s vet records showed that she was 27,” said Naomi Rosling, the Cat Protection Branch Coordinator, upon the startling discovery.
“She’s the oldest cat I’ve ever met – about 120 in human years.” – Naomi Rosling
Recently, Flossie’s future has taken an uncertain turn: in 2022 she finds herself homeless, after more than 26 years of happiness.
Since most cat owners like the idea of adopting a younger cat, Flossie seemed destined to survive with feline protection, facing the serious prospect of spending the rest of her life looking for a home.
However, Flossie was lucky.
Before long, a match is made with a potential new mom.
This marks a happy, perhaps unexpected, next chapter in her long life.
Flossie’s story began in December 1995, when she was adopted by a worker at Merseyside Hospital.
At the time, she roamed freely as a young stray and lived in a cat colony near the hospital.
Some of the workers took pity on the kitties, who were only a few months old at the time, and decided to adopt each one.
After living out the first few months of her life as a feral kitten, Flossie finds herself surrounded by love, warm meals, and toys.
She lived with her owner until they died ten years later.
Afterwards, Flossie is taken in by her former owner’s sister.
Sadly, after 14 years of living in the new home, the cat once again found herself in need of a home when her second owner passed away as well. She was 24 years old.
Fortunately, the son of her previous owner offered her sanctuary and decided to take care of her as best he could.
For the next three years, Flossie lived with him.
However, sometimes, tough choices must be made.
Every pet owner has found themselves in a difficult situation at least once, and may have asked themselves: “Am I the right person to take care of this animal?”.
Flossie’s owner’s condition led him to make the difficult decision to entrust his cat to volunteers at Cats Protection’s Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and District Branch.
It’s always sad to say goodbye to a family pet, but he realized he couldn’t meet Flossie’s needs and made the responsible choice to entrust her to the care of a charity that could, rightly and completely, give the cat a chance. The care, attention, and companionship that she required as an elderly cat.
The decision was made entirely in the best interest of the cat, though it didn’t make it any easier.
“It wasn’t an easy decision,” says Naomi Rosling of Cats Protection.
“He asked for our help when it was in Flossie’s best interests. Responsible cat ownership is when someone thinks of an animal’s needs above their own feelings.”
It was then that Flossie met Vicki Green.
As an executive assistant and a loving fur mom with experience caring for senior cats, Vicki had no idea she’d welcome a carrier into her home.
Today, Vicki shares heartening news about Flossie’s well-being: She’s healthy and adjusting easily to her new home and new mom.
“She was noisy the first few nights because she couldn’t see in the dark and was a bit disoriented in her new surroundings, but she sleeps through the night now, snuggling up on the bed with me.”
“If I’m good when I’m her age with someone who does what’s best for me when I need it most, I’ll be a very happy lady.” – Vicki Green
With her new favorite yellow blanket, warm bed and lots of love and hugs, Flossie is now a very happy kitten, and Vicki is excited to start this new chapter of their life together.
“Our new life together feels like home to Flossie, which makes me so happy.”
“I knew from the start that Flossie was a special cat, but I never imagined I’d be sharing my home with a world record holder,” says Vicki.
“She’s so affectionate and playful, especially when you remember how old she is. I’m so proud that Protect Feline matched me up with such an adorable cat.”
Vicky hopes Flossie’s story will encourage potential and future cat owners to consider providing a sanctuary for older cats.
All these animals want is a comfortable bed and a peaceful, loving home. They can offer a lot of affection, but often find themselves ending their days in shelters.
Welcoming a large or disabled animal into their home has brought many, many pet owners incredible joys, as long as one is aware of the animal’s needs. However, it is often not considered as an option.
“I always wanted to give older cats a comfortable life later on,” Vicky said regarding her own experience.
Vicki knew what to expect and how to meet the needs of an elderly cat.
Her former pet and loyal lifelong companion, Honeybun, lived to be 21 and Vicki has experienced first-hand the joys of caring for a sweet old pet.
She understands Flossie’s needs and is willing to help her with small daily tasks that might be difficult for a cat her age.
“Sometimes she misses her litter box or needs help grooming herself, but I can help with all of that. We’re in this together.”
“Cat Protection has a lot of mature cats who need a home and are not high-maintenance. All they want is a cuddle and a warm place to sleep. I’m glad Cats Protection matched me with Flossie; the adoption has been so rewarding for both of us.”
The oldest pups (as the current record holder at Oldest living dog22-year-old Gino) has always been a star in the Guinness Book of World Records.
cream puff, The oldest cat that ever livedexceeding Flousi’s age by a full decade.
This record breaking record was born in Texas on August 3, 1967 and lived until August 6, 2005. This significant age is 38 years and 3 days old.
The record-breaking cat lived with his owner, Jake Perry, in Austin, Texas, USA.
We wish the best for Flossie, and look forward to seeing her next adventures.
In the meantime, rest assured that this sweet cat is being cuddled and adored by her loving family.