KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 — A 26-year-old British cat called Flossie has been named the oldest living cat by the Guinness World Records (GWR).
The feline equivalent of 120 human years, Flossie outlived her two previous owners. She is still in good health, although poorly sighted and deaf, GWR said.
The brown and black kitty's story began in December 1995, when she was adopted by a worker at the Merseyside hospital.
At the time, she roamed free as a young stray and lived in a colony of cats near the hospital.
Some workers took pity on the kitties, only a few months old at the time, and decided to each adopt one.
Flossie went to live with her owner until she passed away, ten years later. Flossie was then taken in by her previous owner’s sister.
After 14 years of living in the new home, the kitty found herself yet again in need of a house when her second owner also passed away. Flossie was then 24 years old.
Fortunately, her previous owner’s son gave her sanctuary and she stayed with him for the next three years.
For reasons not stated, her new owner decided to surrender her to an animal welfare organisation Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and District Cats Protection where they hooked Flossie up with her new owner Victoria Green.
Responding to the award, Green hopes that Flossie's story would encourage future and potential cat owners to consider giving sanctuary to older cats.