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The world’s oldest cat has been rehoused with a new owner of a similar age.
Flossie was born in 1995 and is recognized as the world’s oldest living cat by the Guinness Book of Records.Read:Jeremy Hunt increases energy windfall tax in budget to raise an extra £14bn
The reinstatement announcement marks a turnaround in fortunes for Flossie, who was signed into the Kent charity Cats Protection last year after her previous owner could no longer keep such an elderly cat.
She was given a new lease of life when the charity matched her up with a loving new home with Vicki Green of Orpington, who has experience caring for older cats.
Vicky, who is 27 – the same age as her new pet – said: “I knew from the start that Flossie was a special cat, but I never imagined I would be sharing my home with a Guinness World Record holder.”
She added: “She is so affectionate, playful and gentle, especially when you remember how old she is. I am so proud that Cats Protection matched me with such an amazing cat.Read:Security minister Tom Tugendhat given six-month driving ban | Tom Tugendhat
“She’s deaf and has poor eyesight but none of that seems to bother her. She’s totally into it, loves affection and has a very good appetite.”
“She never turns up her nose for the chance of a good meal, except when she’s snuggling up on her favorite yellow blanket.”
Flossie was living in a stray cat colony near a hospital in Merseyside when two workers took pity on them and raised a cat each in 1995.
Her owner died 10 years later, but she was taken in by her sister, Flossie, where she stayed another 14 years until the new owner died as well.
For the next three years, Flossie lived with his nephew, until his situation forced him to take his pet into feline protection.
Naomi Rosling, the co-ordinator at the Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and District branch who rehoused Flossie, said: “We were astonished when the veterinary records showed Flossie to be around 27 years old.
“She’s the oldest cat I’ve ever met, at least 120 in human years. If I’m in good shape when I’m her age, with someone who does what’s best for me when I need it most, I’ll be a very happy lady.”Read:British toddler killed by car during family holiday in Ireland | Ireland
Vicky said Flossie has settled in well in her new home.
“She was noisy the first few nights, because she couldn’t see in the dark and was a bit disoriented in her new surroundings, but she sleeps through the night now, snuggling up on the bed with me,” she said.
“Our new life together feels like Flossie’s home, which makes me so happy.”
Vicky’s previous cat, Honeybun, lived to be 21, so she knew what to expect, and encourages more people to consider adopting older cats.
She added: “Older cats can need special care and being the oldest cat alive, Flossie is no different.
“Sometimes she misses her litter box or needs help grooming herself, but I can help with all of that. We’re in this together.”
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday said: “We were so excited to hear the story of sweet Flossie and celebrate her long life – it’s not every day you come across a cat that has been around since the mid-1990s.
This is the human equivalent of over 120 years, putting her on par with Jeanne Calment, the French super-perennial who lived to 122 years and 164 days and holds the record for the oldest person ever.
“We are delighted to see Flossie stable and enjoying all the comforts of home that she deserves in her later life. Big congratulations to Flossie, a much deserved record breaker.”