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How Long Do Cats Live?

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HGlick has rescued and placed stray cats for over 20 years and has personally fostered more than ten during that time


Your cat will live longer than you think, though how long will vary depending on breed and lifestyle. While many cats will live to be between 12 and 15 years old, some can live to be 20 years old or older, which is more than double the average human lifespan! This might be because cats are very good at managing their health, which is why they tend to live longer than dogs.

We will discuss the difference between the lifespan of an indoor cat that is well taken care of and an outdoor cat that faces the dangers of weather conditions, predators, traffic, and shortage of food supply. Fortunately, today, many people adopt outdoor cat colonies, providing them with dwellings, food, and water, lengthening their lifespan.

We currently care for a small colony of cats whose two oldest members Stallone and Legs have reached the golden age of 20. They are not only fed well but are supplied with kitty condos and dwellings to protect them from harsh weather conditions.

Can a Cat Live up To 20 Years?

Cats that live indoors have a definite advantage over outdoor cats and easily live up to 20 years and beyond, but outdoor cats usually are not as lucky. However, many outdoor cat colonies are adopted by groups of people who provide them with shelter, food, and water. I have been taking care of one such colony for more than 17 years with the assistance of several other people. We feed and clean their food and water bowls daily, and they have numerous kitty condos to shelter them from bad weather.

Among the residents of this colony is a cat we have named Stallone. Stallone is 20 years old and still fairly active for his age. He has become a bit frail and ornery in his old age but can still run around with the younger residents. He can finish almost a can of wet food all by himself and has a close friend named Gimpy, whom he regularly head nuggies when being fed.

Stallone is an example of an older outdoor cat that has entered his senior years with the help of caring people.

Stallone Chowing Down


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Can a Cat Live 30 Years?

Cats are notoriously hardy animals, and they can live a long time in comparison to humans, even when they suffer from chronic health problems. A cat that lives to be 30 years old is equivalent to a human being living 150 years and above.

The oldest cats on record, Creme Puff, and Baby lived to be 38 years old. A few others were recorded at greater than 30 years, showing that cats are a rare breed of animal that can INDEED have 9 lives. However, the few lucky felines that lived 30 years and beyond were very rare.

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Creme Puff


How Long do Cats Live Indoors?

The domestic cat’s lifespan varies greatly depending on a number of factors, including genetics, nutrition, level of physical activity, and environment. For instance, the average lifespan of an indoor cat is about 16 years, while that of an outdoor cat is only about 5 years.

In addition, an indoor cat with access to a veterinarian and regular check-ups is likely to live longer than a cat that is allowed to roam freely outdoors. (In fact, outdoor cats rarely live past 12 years of age, if that.) On average, the life expectancy of a dog is 10 to 12 years, while the average feline lives between 13 and 20 years.

How Long do Cats Live In the Wild?

Cats in the wild have a set life expectancy of anywhere from 5 to 20 years, depending on where they live. While they are free to roam and hunt (or in the case of indoor cats, just hunt your house), they are also exposed to more dangers than cats that live indoors, which can significantly cut their lifespan. The biggest factors that affect the lifespan of outdoor cats are predators, getting hit by a car, disease, and malnutrition. Car accidents are a leading cause of death for cats, even when they are as young as three years old.

Outdoor Cat Lifespan

How Can You Tell if a Cat is Dying of Old Age?

As your cat ages, you can help slow or prevent some of the signs of aging. Most cats age very gracefully, but take a look at the critical end-of-life warning signs like severe weight loss, dehydration, dull coat, or loss of interest in eating and drinking.

If you notice any of these signs lasting for a longer period of time, make an appointment with your veterinarian immediately. Certain health conditions can cause some of these severe signs of aging to be more obvious, making diagnosis and treatment easier. A thorough physical exam can't predict the future, but it can detect health problems early on.

Top 10 Longest Living Cat Breeds

Averale Lifespan of a Cat Breed by Breed

According to a study conducted by the National Veterinary Associates, overweight cats tend to live about a year less than cats with ideal body weights

How to recognize the signs of aging in your Cat

As kittens, cats are very energetic and they play all day long. As they get older, they tend to slow down, lose weight, and spend most of the day sleeping. Some signs your cat is aging include: eating less, sleeping more, difficulty jumping on the furniture, and showing less interest in playing with toys. However, most of the signs of aging in cats are behavioral changes: loss of energy, decreased activity, loss of vitality, and loss of interest in hunting or playing. As a cat owner, you should be aware of other changes that signal your cat is aging, including graying fur, and changes in appetite and activity level.

While a cat's lifespan is generally much longer than a dog's, pet owners often underestimate their cats' age. In fact, when a dog reaches eight years of age, many people would describe it as elderly, but a ten-year-old cat is usually just entering its prime.

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