Flossy, the world’s oldest cat, turns 27

A cat from Great Britain has been chosen as the world’s oldest cat, just under 27 years old.

Flossy is 26 years and 329 days old — the equivalent of about 120 human years, according to Guinness World Records, which named the cat the record holder on Thursday.

Flossie lived in many homes throughout her long life. She was recently given to Cats Protection, a cat charity and adoption agency, who realized that Flossie had an incredibly long life.

“We were shocked to see that Flossie’s vet records showed her to be 27 years old,” said Naomi Rosling, branch coordinator for Cats Protection.

According to Guinness World Records, which honored the cat on Thursday, Flossie is 26 years and 329 days old — the equivalent of about 120 human years.

Guinness Book of Records


He was first adopted in December 1995 by a staff member at Merseyside Hospital in Liverpool. He was part of a group of homeless people roaming near the hospital. Some of the workers there decided to adopt each one, and he lived with his owner for 10 years, until they passed away.

He was then adopted by the owner’s sister and lived with her for 14 years until the owner passed away.

At the age of 24, the son of the previous owner took him home. He lived with her for about three years. She took care of him as best she could, but eventually took him to the Cats Guard.

“It was not an easy decision,” said Naomi Rosling of Cats Protection. “She asked us for help when it was in Flossie’s best interests. Responsible cat ownership is when someone puts an animal’s needs before their feelings.”

As older cats are less likely to be adopted, Flossie would spend the rest of her life with the Cat Sanctuary. But he was soon adopted by Vicky Green, who cared for four-year-old cats, one of whom lived to be 21.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Flossie likes to wrap herself in her favorite yellow blanket.

Guinness Book of Records


“He was loud the first few nights because he couldn’t see in the dark and was a little confused in his new environment, but he now sleeps through the night cuddled up in bed with me,” Green said.

“He sometimes misses the litter box or needs help grooming himself, but I can help with all of that. We’re in this together,” she said.

Despite her hearing and vision loss, Flossie is still playful, Green said. He is also in good health and enjoys cuddling and eating. “He never turns his nose up at the chance of a good meal,” Green said.

“I knew from the start that Flossy was a special cat, but I never imagined I would be sharing my home with a world record holder,” she said.

Despite her deafness and vision loss, Flossie is still playful, her owner Vicki Green said.

Guinness Book of Records


Although Flossie is currently the world’s oldest cat, the oldest living cat was Creme Puff, who lived in Texas until 2005 and died at the age of 38 years and 3 days.

Currently, the record holder for the oldest dog is 22-year-old Gino.

According to Blue Cross, domestic cats can live up to 20 years, and neutered cats live longer. At 15 years of age, cats are considered geriatric.

According to the UK organization Cat Care 4 Life, the average lifespan of cats is around 13-14 years.

The lifespan of dogs depends on the breed, and generally smaller dogs live longer than larger breeds. The average lifespan of small dog breeds is 10 to 15 years, and some can live up to 18 years, according to the American Kennel Club. The average lifespan of medium-sized dog breeds is 10-13 years, and 8-12 years for larger breeds.