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The Truth About A Cat Lifespan

How long are cats alive for? What is the average life expectancy for cats?
And what factors affect it? Read on to find out more

“A book must be exceptionally good to live as long as a cat.”
This adage is widely ascribed to Philip Stanhope. Lord Chesterfield lived through the time of English literary history when storybooks were just becoming popular,
and there was already a feeling that all forms of media were fleeting. What exactly did Chesterfield have in mind?

Here, we’ve done the work to find out the average cat lifespan,
and have all the info you need to answer the question, “How long do cats live for?”
We can now tell you that, like novels, the life expectancy of a cat depends on a number of things,
for example, its environment, diet, and health. We’ll give you the information you need on everything ranging from the general question
to the age of the currently oldest living cat!

So, how long do cats really live?
Environment, health, maintenance, are all factors that have a part and matter when thinking about the lifespan of a cat.
Sterilization can be an important factor. Spaying and neutering reduces and removes the risk of developing diseases
that could affect a cat’s reproductive system at older ages.

It has become self-evident truth on the Internet, that, with access to current medical advancements,
the average cat could live up to 20 years and older.
Based on a survey from 10 sites that talk about domestic cats, the numbers become more inconsistent,
ranging from 10-20 years. The average domestic cat lifespan turns out to be 15.1 years.


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Cat breed is an important factor when it comes to answering the question.
We could list out the average age of every cat breed, but then we’d be here for an eternity.
Our research conveys that mixed breed cats, in general, live longer than cats from one breed.

When replying, about cat lifespans, we are concerned, like Lord Chesterfield, with the “average cat.”
On average, female cats live around one to two years more than male cats. Also, indoor cats generally live longer than outdoor cats.
Wild, homeless and feral cats have shown to live much shorter lives than domestic cats.

How long can a cat live — if they’re an indoor cat?
All the research we’ve done dramatically conveys that indoor cats live nearly triple the number of outdoor cats.
How long do cats live then if they’re indoor cats? Indoor cats are generally vaccinated, sterilized,
and removed from the risks and dangers of the outside.
They are regularly fed and have access to water that is clean.

They need more distractions, attention, and usually, have been encouraged and supported to get minimal exercise to avoid obesity.
Luckily, focused cat owners provide all of the above. The statistics widely varied among all the sites we saw,
ranging from 14-20 cat years. Based on the numbers we researched, the average life expectancy of an indoor cat is 16.875 years.

What about if they’re outdoor cats?
A number of disadvantages tend to limit the average cat life expectancy of an outdoor cat. Of course,
However “outdoors” can have multiple meanings, depending on the cat’s environment.

Does it live in a remote location or in an urban area? What if it lives ina rural or suburban location?
Do they live in the presence of wild animals or neighbor cats?
These are all factors that are limiting, as the cat is most likely to have increased exposure to fleas, ticks, and other illnesses
Outside, they may also get into scrapes and catfights with other cats or animals and are at increased risk of accidents and injuries.

However, they also have the freedom to explore, mark, and get natural exercise.
Because there are so many more variables that are unpredictable, the numbers are usually not good,
and the cat life expectancy ranges much more widely, from 3 to10 years. The average lifespan of an outdoor cat is 5.63 years.

I can hear you saying, “But my cat …” Keep in mind these numbers are all and only averages.
My friend’s cat, Lili, has always been an outdoor cat and she’s currently 15 years old.
There are always things that defy the averages when it comes to answering the common question

The Guinness Book of World Records lists that the oldest recorded cat age was achieved by Creme Puff,
a cat who passed away in Austin, Texas, at the long cat age of 38 years and three days old.
Now that is a truly grand, almost incomprehensible age.


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