Well, how long do cats live? Some members of the species may be very long lived indeed.
The oldest cat recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records was one called Creme Puff, who was 38 when he died, and there are stories of others living even longer lives than this.
This is quite unusual though, as an average cat life span is around 15-20 years.
A cat's breeding can have an influence on how long it lives. Some breeds do live longer than others. A Siamese cat's life expectancy was always considered to be very long, with some Siamese living well into their twenties (over a hundred, in human terms!)
In-breeding over the years may have changed this however, as some modern Siamese can be prone to genetic diseases that can considerably shorten a Siamese cat's otherwise long life span. In general, though, healthy Siamese cats can live very long lives.
Moggies (mixed breeds), because of their mixed
heritage, are generally more robust than pedigree felines and can be
expected to live slightly longer than their pedigree counterparts.
The tips below on caring for your cat in the best possible way will help him to live a longer life.
Regular veterinary checks (at least once-yearly is recommended) will spotlight any health problems which can then be tackled straight away.
Feeding your cat with the best food you can afford helps, too. There are cat foods designed for each stage of a cat's life, and giving your cat the food that's right for him will help to keep him kitten-fit as long as you don't overfeed him.
Overweight felines face serious health problems as they get older.
Exercise can help to keep your cat fit and his weight down. Cats allowed outdoors get enough exercise in their daily lives, but your indoor furry friends should be given toys to play with to help keep them fit.
Tie a piece of string to a short pole and dangle it above
them, or walk around with the string and get the cat to follow you. Most
kitties love chasing string!
Keeping your cat indoors may help to give him a longer life, as outdoor
cats must learn to deal with traffic, rival cats and other animals, and
possible problems like poisoning and disease.
Well as you can see, it all depends on many things. But there's
following the advice above can help your cat to enjoy a long and healthy
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