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World’s oldest living cat record goes to ‘cute’ and ‘playful’ 26-year-old London cat Flossie

The title of the oldest living cat in the world was awarded to the London Cat.

Tabby-cat Flossie is wrapping up her 27th birthday, making her the oldest known living cat according to Guinness World Records.

She is known to be at least 26 years and 316 days old, according to Guinness World Records.

Flossie lived out her golden years in a south London suburb, and was described as still cheerful and in good health, apart from being partially deaf and blind.

World's oldest living cat record goes to 'cute' and 'playful' 26-year-old London cat Flossie
Flossie the cat on her favorite blanket 
Cats Protection/Guinness World Records

Starting out as a stray, Flossie has spent most of her many years with a loving family and has outlived previous owners but was recently placed in the care of the Cats Welfare charity after her last owner was unable to provide her with adequate care.

Being an old lady, the volunteers at the shelter thought she might not find a new home because elderly cats are often overlooked for the sake of kittens.

But then Flossie met Vicki Green, 27, who she took home with her.

She told Guinness World Records: “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.”

World's oldest living cat record goes to 'cute' and 'playful' 26-year-old London cat Flossie
Flossie the cat with owner Vicki Green 
Cats Protection/Guinness World Records

Green added, “If I’m in good shape 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.”

Green, who is Flossie’s age, said she “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.”

She describes Flossie as “very affectionate and playful”.

Caring for an elderly cat isn’t always a cuddle and a snuggle, but Green has a history of caring for elderly or disabled cats, which makes the two a wonderful fit.

“Sometimes she misses her litter box or needs help taking care of herself, but I can help with all of that. We’re in this together,” she said.

World's oldest living cat record goes to 'cute' and 'playful' 26-year-old London cat Flossie
Flossie the cat 
Cats Protection/Guinness World Records

“We were amazed when veterinary records showed Flossie to be approximately 27 years old. She is the oldest cat I have ever met; at least 120 in human years,” said Naomi Rosling, coordinator of the Cat Protection Branch who rehomed Flossie. international standard.

However, Flossie is not the oldest cat ever. That title belongs to a cat named Creme Puff, who lived in Texas and lived to be 38 years old, when he died in 2005, according to Guinness World Records.

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