How long do cats live?
We’ve written about dog longevity on SlimDoggy and provided charts on expected lifespans. In dogs it varies greatly depending on the breed, with larger dogs tending to have shorter life spans than smaller dogs in general. The average life span of a cat is 12-15 years. But just like with their dog friends, advances in medical science and nutrition is helping to increase that range.
Cats tend to be pretty similar in size and the bigger determining factor is whether they are in indoor or outdoor cat. Outdoor cats obviously face greater threats just from being outdoors and prey to dogs, coyotes and other wildlife. They also may be run over by cars, fall from a tree or other accidents that are unlikely to befall them in the house.
Indoor cats tend to live longer, but they also have a tendency to be more overweight as they don’t get as much exercise as an outdoor cat and may suffer from more health issues related to their weight.
There is of course a lot you can do to increase your cats life span.
- The first stop is their nutrition. Just like with your own or your dogs, know what you are feeding your cat. Read the label, understand what the ingredients mean and whether or not your cat really needs red dye in their food. SlimDoggy.com has a regular series on food ingredients and while we examine mainly dog food – the value or harm of the ingredients is the same for your cat, so be sure and check it out. We will be adding a Cat Food database shortly.
- Keep your cat indoors. This protects them from a wide range of accidents and diseases.
- Get regular vet checkups. This is important for humans and all of your pets. Don’t put off that Dr. visit.
- Lots of regular exercise and mental stimulation. Keep your cat active and engaged with cat toys, catnip and things to jump and climb on. THis will keep them mentally stimulated and physically challenged – essential components to a healthy life.