LONDON PUSS DECLARED THE WORLD’S OLDEST CAT
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS and Cats Protection have recognised Flossie because the oldest cat residing, simply weeks earlier than she celebrates her 27th birthday.
The record-breaking standing marks a turnaround in fortunes for a cat who was born in the identical yr as England objective scorer Jack Grealish.
Flossie was signed over to Cats Protection volunteers in Kent and confronted an unsure future, aged 26, after her proprietor was unable to help the welfare of such an aged cat.
She was given a brand new lease of life when the charity matched her to a loving new dwelling with Vicki Green of Orpington, who had expertise of caring for senior cats. What Vicki couldn’t have recognized was that she was giving a house to a file breaker.
Vicki, who can also be aged 27, stated: “I knew from the beginning that Flossie was a particular cat, however I didn’t think about I’d be sharing my dwelling with a Guinness World Records title holder. She’s so affectionate, playful and candy, particularly while you bear in mind how previous she is. I’m immensely proud that Cats Protection matched me with such an incredible cat.
“She’s deaf and has failing eyesight however none of that appears to trouble her. She’s fully with it, loves affection and has an excellent urge for food. She by no means turns her nostril up on the probability of a very good meal, besides when she’s snuggled on her favorite yellow blanket.”
Naomi Rosling, Co-ordinator at Cats Protection’s Tunbridge, Crowborough and District Branch stated: “We have been flabbergasted when vet data confirmed Flossie to be practically 27 years previous. She’s the oldest cat I’ve ever met; no less than 120 in human years. If I’m in such fine condition after I’m her age, with somebody who does what’s finest for me after I want it most, I shall be a really completely happy girl.”
Craig Glenday, Editor in Chief at GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS stated: “We have been so excited to listen to concerning the beautiful Flossie and have fun her lengthy life – it’s not day-after-day you come throughout a cat who has been round for the reason that mid-nineties. This is the human equal of over 120 years previous, which might put her on par with Jeanne Calment, the French supercentenarian who lived to 122 years 164 days and holds the file for the oldest individual ever.
“We’re completely happy to see Flossie settled and having fun with all the house comforts she deserves in her later life. An enormous congratulations to Flossie, a extremely deserving record-breaker.”
It’s a heartwarming last chapter to the story of a cat that had remained in the identical prolonged household since being homed as a younger stray in 1995. Flossie had been residing in a colony of cats close to a Merseyside hospital, when two staff took pity on them and every homed a cat.
They lived collectively for 10 years till the proprietor died and Flossie was taken in by her sister. After one other 14 completely happy years, the brand new proprietor additionally handed away. Flossie was aged no less than 24 at the moment. For the following three years, Flossie lived with the girl’s son, till his state of affairs led him to make the troublesome determination to relinquish the household cat to volunteers at Cats Protection’s Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough and District Branch.
Naomi is assured that the proprietor acted within the pursuits of his cat. “It wasn’t a straightforward determination. He’d promised to handle Flossie’s wants however, in ways in which matter most, that’s precisely what he has executed. He sought our assist when it was in Flossie’s finest pursuits. Responsible cat possession is when somebody thinks about an animal’s wants above their very own emotions.”
Flossie has settled properly since shifting in with Executive Assistant Vicki. “She was loud for the primary few nights, as a result of she will be able to’t see at the hours of darkness and was a bit confused in her new environment, however she sleeps by the night time now, snuggled on the mattress with me,’ Vicki stated. “Our new life collectively already looks like dwelling for Flossie, which makes me so completely happy.”
Vicki’s earlier cat Honeybun had lived till the age of 21, so she knew what to anticipate, she stated. “Older cats can want explicit care and being the oldest residing cat, Flossie isn’t any totally different. She typically misses her litter field or wants assist grooming herself, however I may help with all of that. We’re on this collectively.”
Cats Protection created Mature Moggies Days (16 June) to have fun older cats and recognise their welfare wants. The charity campaigns in order that older cats can really feel at dwelling of their later years.
Vicki is eager to encourage different potential house owners to think about older cats, she stated: “I’ve all the time needed to provide older cats a snug later life. All they actually need is a snug mattress in a heat loving dwelling they usually give a lot love in return.
“Cats Protection has plenty of mature cats in want of properties they usually don’t must be excessive upkeep. All they actually need is a cuddle and someplace heat to sleep. I’m glad that Cats Protection matched me with Flossie; adopting her has been rewarding for us each.”