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World’s oldest cat: Flossie is the oldest residing cat topped by Guinness World Information in London

The world’s oldest cat has been rehomed with a brand new proprietor of the identical age.

Flossie was born in 1995 and has been recognised because the world’s oldest residing cat by Guinness World Information.

The rehoming announcement marks a turnaround in fortunes for Flossie, who was signed over to the Cats Safety charity in Kent final 12 months after her earlier proprietor was not in a position to preserve such an aged cat.

She was given a brand new lease of life when the charity matched her to a loving new dwelling with Vicki Inexperienced of Orpington, who has expertise caring for older cats.

Vicki, who’s 27 – the identical age as her new pet – stated: “I knew from the beginning that Flossie was a particular cat, however I didn’t think about I’d be sharing my dwelling with a Guinness World Information title holder.”

She added: “She’s so affectionate, playful and candy, particularly whenever you keep in mind how previous she is. I’m immensely proud that Cats Safety matched me with such an incredible cat.

“She’s deaf and has failing eyesight however none of that appears to trouble her. She’s fully with it, loves affection and has an excellent urge for food.

“She by no means turns her nostril up on the probability of an excellent meal, besides when she’s snuggled on her favorite yellow blanket.”

Flossie had been residing in a colony of stray cats close to a Merseyside hospital when two staff took pity on them and every homed a cat in 1995.


Her proprietor died after 10 years however Flossie was taken in by her sister, the place she stayed for one more 14 years till the brand new proprietor additionally died.

For the following three years, Flossie lived with the sister’s son, till his scenario compelled him to take his pet to Cats Safety.

Naomi Rosling, co-ordinator on the Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and District department which rehomed Flossie, stated: “We had been flabbergasted when vet information confirmed Flossie to be almost 27 years previous.

“She’s the oldest cat I’ve ever met, at the least 120 in human years. If I’m in such fine condition after I’m her age, with somebody who does what’s finest for me after I want it most, I shall be a really completely satisfied girl.”

Vicki stated Flossie has settled in nicely at her new dwelling.

“She was loud for the primary few nights, as a result of she will be able to’t see at the hours of darkness and was a bit confused in her new environment, however she sleeps by way of the night time now, snuggled on the mattress with me,” she stated.

“Our new life collectively already looks like dwelling for Flossie, which makes me so completely satisfied.”

Vicki’s earlier cat, Honeybun, lived till the age of 21, so she knew what to anticipate, and encourages extra folks to contemplate adopting older cats.

She added: “Older cats can want specific care and being the oldest residing cat, Flossie isn’t any totally different.

“She typically misses her litter field or wants assist grooming herself, however I may also help with all of that. We’re on this collectively.”

Craig Glenday, editor in chief at Guinness World Information, stated: “We had been so excited to listen to concerning the pretty Flossie and have a good time her lengthy life – it’s not day-after-day you come throughout a cat who has been round because the mid-nineties.

“That is the human equal of over 120 years previous, which might put her on par with Jeanne Calment, the French supercentenarian who lived to 122 years 164 days and holds the file for the oldest individual ever.

“We’re completely satisfied to see Flossie settled and having fun with all the house comforts she deserves in her later life. An enormous congratulations to Flossie, a extremely deserving record-breaker.”

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