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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Semi Wordy Wednesday

How Long will you Live?

Today cats live longer than ever thanks to good nutrition and excellent veterinary care. Just 20 years ago the life expectancy of a cat was four to six years; today they live 15 years or more. Life expectancy in cats depends on many things, but the most important factor is whether you are an indoor-only cat or an outdoor cat. Life expectancy varies significantly between the two.

Indoor cats generally live from 12-18 years of age. Many may live to be in their early 20s. The oldest reported cat was 28 years old at the time of death.

Outdoor cats generally live to be around four to five years of age. Their deaths are typically due to traumas such as being hit by a car or dog attacks. Outdoor cats are also more susceptible to several deadly viruses that are spread by fighting or prolonged intimate contact with an infected cat.

Keep healthy by eating a high quality diet, and by getting routine vaccinations and physical examinations.

5 comments:

catsynth said...

Good advice.
Luna is an indoor kitty (except for an occasional stroll on our walled patio), and has an good diet. We're hoping to be together and healthy for quite a while :)

T'Abby Normal said...

We are indoor kitties too, although we frankly admit we envy those that get to go outside... scary as it looks out there.

Purrs,
Abby & Stygia

Sunny's Mommy said...

There is a big difference. Our cats are indoor only. On the road we live on (busy, lots of big trucks, 45 MPH speed limit), they wouldn't have a long life if they went outside.

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

It is so good that beans are taking better care of their cats these days!!20 years ago most beans though a cat was 'just' a cat!! Now they know that we are the rulers of the homes!! heeheehee
Purrs Mickey

MoMo said...

I am an indoor-outdoor cat. Outdoor only means our little back garden and no more. SS hopes I will live long and healthy. I am already at least 11 now.