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Flossie the cat crowned the world’s oldest living cat at nearly 27 years old

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Flossie was crowned the world’s oldest living cat at the age of almost 27 – which is the feline equivalent of 120 human years, according to Guinness World Records.

The British brown and black cat received official recognition from Guinness World Records at a record age of 26 years and 329 days, according to a press release on Thursday. Although she is sighted and deaf, she is said to be in good health, CNN reported.

“I knew from the start that Flossie was a special cat, but I never thought I would be sharing my home with a world record holder,” said owner Vicki Green, who adopted her after the elderly pet was given to a British cat Charity Cats Protection in August.

“She’s so affectionate and playful, especially sweet considering how old she is. I’m very proud that Cats Protection has put me in touch with such an amazing cat,” she added.

Flossie has been in several households since she began living as a stray kitten near Merseyside Hospital in Liverpool, north-west England, in 1995 during the first few months of her life.

She was adopted by a hospital employee with whom she lived for 10 years before her owner died. Flossie was taken in by her late owner’s sister. After 14 years, her second owner died. She was then with her second owner’s son for three years before being entrusted to the cat welfare volunteers.

It was then that word of her incredible age began to spread and the journey to have her record confirmed began.

“We were stunned to see that Flossie’s veterinary record showed she was 27,” said Naomi Rosling, the charity’s branch coordinator, in the release.

Most cat owners prefer to adopt a much younger cat, with older animals often spending their final days in shelters, according to the press release.

“I’ve always wanted to give older cats a comfortable later life,” said Green, who hopes Flossie’s story will encourage potential cat owners to provide a haven for older pets.

The oldest cat to ever live, Cream Puff, lived to be 38 years and three days old. They died on August 6, 2005.

The formerly oldest living dog, Pebbles, died on October 3, five months before the Toy Fox Terrier’s 23rd birthday. Gino Wolf, who lives in Los Angeles with his owner, is the current record holder at 22 years and 2 months.

(The CNN Wire & 2022 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.)

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