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How Long Do Cats Live?

How Long Do Cats Live?

Statistics indicate that the lifespan of an indoor cat is much longer than an outdoor cat.  On average, an indoor cat lives 9 - 15 years but some cats can live for as many as twenty years.  In comparison, an outdoor cat’s life expectancy is less than five years.

Increasing longevity

There are many factors that play a part in determining how long a cat will live. Genetics play a role of course. Other factors include:

  • Nutrition: Feed your cat a good quality, well-balanced diet according to its age.
  • Keep up to date with vaccinations.
  • Keep your cat healthy, that includes regular treatment for parasites such as worms and fleas. Regular veterinary check-ups (at least once a year) are vital in order to check the health of your cat and pick up diseases and health issues early.
  • Dental care: Unhealthy teeth and gums have a greater impact on the body than just causing bad breath, pain, and infection. As the gums have a rich blood supply, bacteria is readily transported to other organs (such as the liver, kidneys etc.) in the body causing damage and even organ failure.

Oldest living cat

The average life expectancy of an indoor cat is between 9 to 15 years.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest living cat is a Burmese called Kataleena Lady who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Kataleena Lady was born on March 11th, 1977 making her 35 years old.

Oldest cat ever

The oldest cat was Creme Puff of Austin Texas. Born on August 3rd, 1967, Creme Puff passed away in August 2005 at the age of 38 years.

Also deserving a mention are  Puss, who was born in 1903. Puss was owned by Mrs. T. Holway of Devon. Puss passed away on 29th November 1939, one day after his 36th birthday.

The second is Granpa who lived to the ripe old age of 34. Granpa Rexs Allen (Granpa for short) was a Sphynx adopted from the Humane Society in Texas.

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