Meet Flossie, the World’s Oldest living cat

Flossie - Guiness World Records

According to Guinness World Records, Flossie, a 27-year-old cat, is the oldest cat and one of the oldest felines in the world.

Generally speaking, indoor cats live 12 to 18 years on average. The oldest cat ever recorded, Creme Puff, lived an astounding 38 years.

On Thursday, Guinness World Records announced that a British brown and black cat, named Flossie is the oldest living cat in the world. The cat is 26 years and 329 days old, or 120 years in human years, and appears to be in good health despite losing its hearing and having eyesight issues.

Flossie was rescued from the streets of Liverpool at the age of 2, by a woman who fostered her for 10 years until she died. The cat was subsequently given to her sister, who kept it for 14 years until passing away as well. The kitty ended up at UK cat welfare charity Cats Protection who rehomed her with Vicky Green, an experienced carer for older cats.  “We were flabbergasted when we saw that Flossie’s vet records showed her to be 27 years old,” said Cats Protection’s Branch Co-ordinator Naomi Rosling.

“She’s the oldest cat I’ve ever met – around 120 in human years”

Naomi Rosling

“I knew from the start that Flossie was a special cat, but I didn’t imagine I’d share my home with a world record holder,” says owner Vicki Green. “She’s so affectionate and playful, especially sweet when you remember how old she is. I’m immensely proud that Cats Protection matched me with such an amazing cat.”

According to the news release from Guinness World Records, “most cat owners prefer the idea of adopting a much younger cat” with senior pets frequently spending their final days in shelters.

“If I’m in such good shape when I’m her age with someone who does what’s best for me when I need it most, I shall be a very happy lady.” 

Vicki Green

As for the most popular pet, the dog, the record holder Gino Wolf, is 22 years and 2 months old. The former oldest living dog, Pebbles, a toy fox terrier died on October 3, five months away from her 23rd birthday.