How Long Do Cats Live? Lifespan of Cats & Tips to take care
Cats are domestic species, and the average lifespan of a cat is 14-16 years.
Cat’s lives depend upon certain factors such as diet, healthcare, and the environment. Castrated cats tend to live longer as it prevents them from many reproductive diseases. In addition, castrated cats are less likely to roam.
Several domestic cats can live up to 20 years old.
Cats go through six life stages that a cat owner must know before owning a cat. During these stages, specific health/behavioural problems could arise that the owner must check on.
Possible Life stages of cats
Kitten that is up to six months:
The very initial six months of cats are the first stage of cats. This stage originates with your cat with new things such as getting familiar with people and other pets, noises, and being loved. During this period, you will see rapid growth in them. In this stage, your cat will learn to play with other kittens and animals.
Junior from six months – two years:
Once your cat reached two years, it will reach its full size, and during this time, they get sexually mature. During this time, it is your responsibility to teach your pet to play appropriately with your people. You should not play rough and tumble games with your cat and avoid them from biting and scratching. Small cat bites or scratches look good until they grow up. Once they reach their mature stage, it will get harsh.
Prime stage three to six years:
Once your cat reaches this stage, it will look young and healthy but, it’s important to provide your cat with proper diet, nutrients, and up to date on their vaccination schedules. Then, prevent them from any disease or illnesses.
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Mature (seven-ten years):
During this stage, your cat will be the human equivalent of someone in their mid-forties to mid-fifties. If your cat reaches this stage, it will start to slow down and put on some weight. So, it’s necessary to monitor the food consumption of your cat at this point of age.
Senior (11 – 14 years):
At a senior stage, your cat reaches the human age of 70 years that is old age. During this stage, they require mental stimulation to keep themselves happy. You need to keep your cats entertained and keep them busy by playing any fun activities. Cats like to relax at this age.
Geriatric (15 years and older):
It is the last stage of cats where some cats do not show any sign of slowing down, but most cats start living their lives in the slow lane, happily snoozing the day. However, senior cats have frequent changes in their behavior; if you notice something odd in your cat’s behavior, it’s better to book an appointment with your vet.
Tips For Helping Your Cat Live A Long Life
If you owned a cat and wanted to spend more time with your loving cats, you can help in increasing their life span by following these simple tips:
- You can go for a veterinarian annually to keep a check on your cat’s weakness. Your vet may detect the early issues and the possible treatment before it becomes serious.
- Provide your cat with a healthy, balanced diet at the right portion for their size.
- Avoid too many treats and human food as it can overweight your cats and cause various health problems.
- A good weight is necessary for cats to have a good chance at growing old gracefully.
- Cats are lazy and do not exercise, but you can take them on walks once a week to help them maintain their well-being.
- Take care of your cat’s teeth, brush your cat’s teeth, and follow up with any needed dental cleanings.
- Keep your cat clean and remove all the toxic plants and products from the home and yard, or store them in areas that are off-limits to your cat.
Lifespan Of Popular Cat Breeds
The life Span of popular cat breeds are as follow:
- Siamese: 12 to 20 years
- Calico: 12 to 15 years
- Bengal: 14 to 16 years
- Burmese: 16 to 18 years
- Savannah: 12 to 20 years
- Ragdoll: 15 to 18 years
- Russian Blue: 15 to 20 years
- American Shorthair: 15 to 20 years
- Sphynx: 10 to 15 years
- Manx: 8 to 14 years
- Persian: 10 to 17 years
- Maine Coon: 10 to 13 years
- Munchkin: 12 to 15 years
About Post Author
Darren M. Jorgensen has a fondness for all animals, though dogs especially, have a huge home in his heart. He enjoys quilting, making handcrafted soap and bodyworks and anything that produces practical products. Jorgensen lives with his own service dog who doubles as an Emotional Support Animal. He gets it.