Rescued as a stray kitten, the senior feline was reportedly born Dec. 29, 1995 — and officially received the award at 26 years and 316 days.
Flossie is the human equivalent of 120 years old, according to a press release, and despite having poor vision and hearing, her owner, Vicki Green, says she’s in good health and still behaves like a kitten.
“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,” Green said in a statement.
Green adopted Flossie this past August, during her more “mature years,” after being handed to a UK-based charity, Cats Protection.
“I’ve always wanted to give older cats a comfortable later life,” said Green.
“She’s so affectionate and playful, especially sweet when you remember how old she is,” she added. “I’m immensely proud that Cats Protection matched me with such an amazing cat.”
The spritely old cat has lived in several different homes since she was first found near a hospital in 1995, and adopted by a health care worker. Flossie remained with her first guardian for 10 years, until they passed away — at which point she was taken in by her first owner’s sister.
Flossie stayed with her second parent for 14 years until they, too, passed away — prompting their son to step up as caretaker for thee years. Then, she landed in the hands of the animal welfare group.
“We were flabbergasted when we saw that Flossie’s vet records showed her to be [around] 27 years old,” said Naomi Rosling, branch coordinator at Cats Protection.
Green has now done all she can to make Flossie feel welcome and loved in her pet’s — presumably — final days.
“I feel like I’m not sharing my home with the oldest cat. I feel like this is her home and I’m encroaching on her space,” Green told Guinness.
“She’s a very nice roommate and we get on very well,” she added. “I don’t feel like I’m living with a senior.”
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