When looking to bring a new cat into your life, you might take lifespan into consideration and hope for a longer-living breed so that you have plenty of years to spend with your new best friend. While most cat breeds generally live about 10-15 years, there are some that have longer life expectancies.
This is one of the oldest domestic cat breeds that also happens to live the longest, generally 15-20 years of age1. Siamese cats make wonderful family companions because they are playful and affectionate and get along well with children.
Even if your cat is a different breed, there is hope for a long, healthy life. Indoor cats tend to live longer1 because they are not exposed to the risks of the outdoors. Getting your cat fixed will also increase his chances of many healthy years. Spaying reduces the risk of pyometra in females and neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer in males2.
Other interesting notes to make are the record-holding cats. The record-holder for oldest cat belongs to Creme Puff, a cat that lived to be 38 years and 3 days old. The current oldest living cat is Pinky who turned 24 on October 31st3.
Have you ever owned a long-living cat or dog?
1. Di Jensen, Elle. “Domestic Cat Species With the Longest Lifespan.” The Nest. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2013.
2. Johansson, Gregory. “Which Types of Cats Live Longest?” Environmental Graffiti. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2013.
3. “Oldest Cat Living.” Guinness World Records. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2013.