Cat life expectancy – How long do cats live?
We all want our cats to live as long as possible!
Pet parents want to know what to expect about the longevity of their cats and understand what they can do to increase their friends’ life expectancy.
Like with humans nobody can give an exact answer and the domestic cat lifespan can be influenced by many factors.
Having said that, considering all factors, the average lifespan of a domestic cat is 14 to 17 years.
In this article you’ll learn what can impact the longevity of a cat and what you can do to promote a healthy ageing of your furry friend.
What can affect a cat’s lifespan?
There are many factors that can influence your cat’s lifespan. Let’s take a look:
Environment – Indoor vs Outdoor
It’s statically proven that indoor cats live longer than outdoor cats.
The average lifespan of an indoor cat is 14 to 17 years; however, they can live for up to 20 years of age.
In the Guinness Book of World Records, we can see the record of the oldest cat ever registered with 38 years! The name was Crème Puff, quite amazing!
Unlike indoor cats, outdoor cats are exposed to greater risks and dangers and generally live shorter lives. The estimated life expectancy of an outdoor cat is around 7 years.
The reason why outdoor cats are more susceptible to die earlier, it’s due to accidents that may occur in the streets such as:
– Dog attacks
– Become trapped in car motors,
– Getting hit by a car
– More vulnerability to some viral infectious diseases such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukaemia that are spread in outdoors cat population and they can get infected by fighting or contacting with an infected cat.
Cat breed is certainly something to take into consideration when it comes to estimate lifetime expectancy of your cat.
Mixed breed cats tend to live longer than pedigree cats, 1 to 2 more years on average.
Desexing (spaying or neutering)
Spayed or neutered cats tend to live longer. Why? Because it reduces the risk of ovarian or testicular cancers. And because they remove the testosterone it also reduces the risk of fighting, and roaming that could lead to other episodes like car accidents.
A proper healthcare will impact positively you cat’s life.
In order to keep our cat as healthy as possible, we should adopt some measures that help us to anticipate the problem or detect it.
- Observation can be a very good weapon as you can detect some behaviour changes such as water intake, lost or increased appetite, cough, lumps, lameness, etc.
- Keep the vaccination and deworming schedule
- Regular check-up at least once a year with CBC and biochemistry analyses.
Diet (Food Factors)
A Key Factor for a longer life. Also see our post Can cats eat chocolate.
Providing a diet according to your cat’s age and the advised amounts with all the nutrients is paramount.
Any questions regarding these topics, ask your veterinarian.
Do you know how old is your cat in human years?
It is a popular misconception that cat years are human years multiplied by 5 or 7. It’s a myth.
We can say that the first 2 years of a cat’s life is roughly equivalent to 25 human years.
To help us on the conversion between the cat’s age and human age, we used a chart from The American Animal Hospital Association you can see in the image.
What do cats usually die from?
Usually cats die from kidney failure, FIV, cancer and thyroid diseases, so keep your eyes open to any symptom that can suggest these diseases and don’t forget to take your cat to the veterinarian for regular check-up.
How long have your cats lived? Share your stories in the comments!
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