Meet Flossie! Officially the World’s Oldest Living Cat

Posted in Cat Stories - Last Updated: April 24, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: April 24, 2023  
Author:  Jan Travell

Meet Flossie!

She was born in 1995 and resides in the UK and has recently broken a world record.

Earlier this month she was confirmed as the oldest living cat in the world by Guinness World Records.

This makes her over 26 years old, which in cat years is almost as old as the world's longest surviving human.

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 The Editor in Chief at Guinness World Records, explained: 

"This is the human equivalent of over 120 years old, which would put her on par with Jeanne Calment, the French supercentenarian who lived to 122 years 164 days and holds the record for the oldest person ever."

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Flossie, who probably has no idea she's the worlds oldest living cat, began life as a community/stray cat in Merseyside, UK.

When workers at a nearby hospital took pity on the cats they decided they would each take one into their family.

Flossie lived happily with her owner for 10 years, and when she passed was adopted by her sister. They lived together for 14 years and when she passed went to live with her son.

Things didn't quite work out and Flossie was handed over to Cats Protection.


Cats Protection soon re-homed her with London resident Vicki Green, she had previous experience with senior cats so they knew it would be a good match.

Vicki says: "I knew from the start that Flossie was a special cat, but I didn’t imagine I’d share my home with a Guinness World Records title holder."

Read more: How Long Do Cats Live? Cat Lifespan and Life Expectancy Explained

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Considering her age Flossie and difficult start in life, she's a sweet kitty that is very affectionate and playful.

“She’s deaf and with failing eyesight but none of that seems to bother her. She’s completely with it, loves affection and has a very good appetite," explains Vicki.

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Vicki is happy to have Flossie in her life:

"She never turns her nose up at the chance of a good meal, except when she’s s snuggled on her favourite yellow blanket.”

It's great to see Flossie settled in to her new life, we wish her all the best.

A highly deserving world record-breaker.

flossie asleep

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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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