How Long Do Cats Live

How Long Do Cats Live

Sep 21, 2021
7 min

How long can cats live? This is a common question from cat owners. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest cat ever is Creme Puff who was born on 3 August 1967 and lived until 6 August 2005. It is unknown exactly how Creme Puff was able to live to be such an old cat but a combination of loving care, good genetics, and a safe environment were probably key factors, according to The Spruce. The average lifespan of a cat depends on many factors- the breed, health care, lifestyle, and environment.

What Is The Lifespan Of Popular Cat Breeds

Different cat breeds have different life expectancies.

Cat BreedAverage Lifespan
American Shorthair Cat15 – 20 years
Bengal Cat12 – 16 years
Birman Cat12 – 16 years
British Shorthair Cat12 – 17 years
Burmese Cat10 – 17 years
Devon Rex10 – 15 years
Exotic Shorthair Cat12 – 14 years
Himalayan Cat10 – 15 years
Norwegian Forest Cat14 – 17 years
Maine Coon Cat12 – 15 years
Manx Cat9 – 14 years
Persian Cat12 – 17 years
Ragdoll Cat12 – 17 years
Russian Blue Cat15 – 20 years
Savannah Cat17 – 20 years
Siamese Cat10 – 13 years
Siberian Cat11 – 15 years
Scottish Fold Cat11 – 14 years
Sphynx Cat15 – 20 years
Tonkinese10 – 16 years

Indoor Vs Outdoor Cats

The daily risks that outdoor felines take are much higher than indoor felines. In general terms, the life expectancy of a domesticated indoor cat is 12 to 18 years, while an outdoor cat is significantly shorter at only 4 to 5 years. An indoor cat is sheltered inside a secure home.

By contrast, an outdoor feline is more likely to be involved in traumas, including vehicle accidents, attacks from predators and threatening viruses such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). The more time a feline spends outside, the greater the risk is of an illness or injury from that environment.

How To Help Your Cat Live Longer

There are many things you can do to help your cat lives happily and longer:

Do Not Declaw

Note that claws are their only real form of defense against other animals. Without claws, they cannot defend themselves – so a declawed cat should never be let outside.

Have Your Cat Spayed Or Neutered

Cats that are spayed or neutered will tend to be less aggressive. They are less likely to fight with other animals and get injured.

Provide Fresh Food and Water

Food and water are necessary for a cat to survive. So make sure your cat always has access to fresh food and clean water.

Veterinary Care

Bring your cat to the vet regularly, especially if she is an outdoor cat. It’s very important to keep your cat’s vaccines up to date and always provide heartworm prevention as well as flea prevention.


Note that there are many houseplants are poisonous to cats. Be sure to remove the potentially harmful plants from your cat.

Healthy Diet

Avoid cheap pet food. Most of the cheaper cat foods do not provide all of the nutrition that your cat needs. Learn how to select a good pet food here. If you are unsure which is the best for your feline friend, consult your vet. Keep an eye on your cat’s weight too. Like humans, felines are prone to weight-related health problems. Cat obesity can exacerbate several serious disorders such as diabetes, liver disease and arthritis.

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