How Long Do Cats Live?





how long do cats live?

How long do cats live?

  • Indoor cats – 9 to 15 years
  • Outdoor cats – 4 to 5 years

Statistics indicate that the lifespan of an indoor cat is much longer than an outdoor cat.  Outdoor cats are at greater risk of disease, car accidents and injury or death from predators.

Indoor cats live on average between 9 – 15 years, which in human terms is between 53 and 77 years of age. However, some cats can live beyond that. Siamese cats in particular are known for their longevity and it is not uncommon for them to live into their 20’s.

Increasing longevity in cats

how long do cats live?

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. Low-risk cats should be vaccinated every 1 – 3 years.
  • 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.

What is the world’s longest 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 Corduroy or Oregon who was born in August 1989.

Signs of ageing in cats

Your cat may become less playful as he ages and spend more time sleeping.

Weight loss is quite common in older cats, this should never be put down to just ageing, there is always a cause of weight loss, which should be investigated. Common causes include diabetes, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease and cancer, which are all common diseases which can affect middle-aged to older cats.

Arthritis is a common disease which can creep up on older cats. This occurs when the joints degenerate. Symptoms include limping, reluctance to put weight on one leg, stiffness, particularly when waking and reluctance to jump.

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.

How old is my cat in human years?

Age of cat Human equivalent
6 months 10 years
12 months 15 years
2 years 25 years
3 years 29 years
4 years 33 years
5 years 37 years
6 years 41 years
7 years 45 years
8 years 49 years
9 years 53 years
10 years 57 years
11 years 61 years
12 years 65 years
13 years 69 years
14 years 73 years
15 years 77 years
16 years 81 years
17 years 85 years
18 years 89 years
19 years 93 years
20 years 97 years
21 years 101 years
22 years 105 years
23 years 109 years
24 years 113 years
25 years 117 years

Also see:

Sleeping with cats   Kissing your cat




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