You’re well aware that bringing a young kitty into your life is a long-term commitment, but you may be wondering: how long do cats live? Of course, the answer will vary, but a cat’s lifespan is affected by a number of factors, including overall health and whether they stay indoors at all times or get to explore the great outdoors.
All factors considered, it is said that cats generally live to be anywhere from 10 to 20 years of age, and the average lifespan of a cat is 15.1 years.
Every cat is different, and some may face unforeseen accidents or health conditions whereas others can stretch their nine lives to reach their twenties (in human years). According to the 2010 edition of Guinness World Records, the oldest cat ever recorded was named Creme Puff and he lived to be 38 years old.
If your cat is an outdoor explorer, the risk of an unexpected life-threatening accident increases. Getting hit by a car is not the only threat; outdoor cats may also face off with predators such as coyotes, hawks, or even other cats or the neighbor’s dog. Other risks include parasites and pests like fleas and ticks, ingesting pesticides, rat poison or other toxins, getting stuck in a tree, or contracting a disease from another cat such as feline leukemia virus. Due to these unpredictable variables, the average lifespan of an outdoor cat according to Catster is only 5.6 years.
Taking special interest in your cat’s health over the course of his life might help you buy some extra time with your feline pal. While keeping him indoors all the time is the first step to ensuring a longer life, these other cat care tips can also promote longevity: