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How Long Do Cats Live

How long can cats live? This is a common question from cat owners. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest cat ever is Creme Puff who was born on 3 August 1967 and lived until 6 August 2005. It is unknown exactly how Creme Puff was able to live to be such an old cat but a combination of loving care, good genetics, and a safe environment were probably key factors, according to The Spruce.

The average lifespan of a cat depends on many factors — the breed, health care, lifestyle and environment.

What Is The Lifespan Of Popular Cat Breeds

Different cat breeds have different life expectancies.

Cat Breed
Average Lifespan 
American Shorthair Cat 15 – 20 years
Bengal Cat 12 – 16 years
Birman Cat 12 – 16 years
British Shorthair Cat
12 – 17 years
Burmese Cat 10 – 17 years
Devon Rex 10 – 15 years
Exotic Shorthair Cat 12 – 14 years
Himalayan Cat 10 – 15 years
Norwegian Forest Cat 14 – 17 years
Maine Coon Cat 12 – 15 years
Manx Cat 9 – 14 years
Persian Cat 12 – 17 years
Ragdoll Cat 12 – 17 years
Russian Blue Cat 15 – 20 years
Savannah Cat 17 – 20 years
Siamese Cat 10 – 13 years
Siberian Cat 11 – 15 years
Scottish Fold Cat 11 – 14 years
Sphynx Cat 15 – 20 years
Tonkinese
10 – 16 years

Indoor Vs Outdoor Cats

The daily risks that outdoor felines take are much higher than indoor felines. In general terms, the life expectancy of a domesticated indoor cat is 12 to 18 years, while an outdoor cat is significantly shorter at only 4 to 5 years.

An indoor cat is sheltered inside a secure home. By contrast, an outdoor feline is more likely to be involved in traumas, including vehicle accidents, attacks from predators and threatening viruses such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). The more time a feline spends outside, the greater the risk is of an illness or injury from that environment.

How To Help Your Cat Live Longer

There are many things you can do to help your cat lives happily and longer.

Do Not Declaw: Note that claws are their only real form of defense against other animals. Without claws, they cannot defend themselves – so a declawed cat should never be let outside.

Have Your Cat Spayed Or Neutered: Cats that are spayed or neutered will tend to be less aggressive. They are less likely to fight with other animals and get injured.

Provide Fresh Food and Water: Food and water are necessary for a cat to survive. So make sure your cat always has access to fresh food and clean water.

Veterinary Care: Bring your cat to the vet regularly, especially if she is an outdoor cat. It’s very important to keep your cat’s vaccines up to date and always provide heart worm prevention as well as flea prevention.

Houseplants: Note that there are many houseplants are poisonous to cats. Find out which plant is harmful to your cat here. Be sure to remove the potentially hamrful plants from your cat.

Healthy Diet: Avoid cheap pet food. Most of the cheaper cat foods do not provide all of the nutrition that your cat needs. Learn how to select a good pet food here. If you are unsure which is the best for your feline friend, consult your vet. Keep an eye on your cat’s weight too. Like humans, felines are prone to weight-related health problems. Cat obesity can exacerbate several serious disorders such as diabetese, liver diseas and arthritis.