Cat Longevity |
What is the life span of a house cat?
What is the life span of a street cat?
Usually between three and five years... but it depends on many things. City
cat or rural cat? Traffic, exposure to other cats, the incidence of
FeLV/FIV in the stray cat population of the area the cat is in, the weather
Some street cats can live 10+ years. Most don't.
Phillip Raclyn, DVM CVA
Domestic cats can live from 9 to 13 years or even 15 years depending upon
the breed, the care it receives, etc. I have personally owned a 13 year old
feline who I had to have "put to sleep" because it was suffering from a
number of conditions, all related to its age.
A street cat life expectancy is much shorter, although I do not know of any
They just do not eat so well, receive preventative medical care, and face a
number of hazards from cars, weather, and other animals.
House cats can live a long time. I have had two Siamese females who lived 15
and 17 years, two short hair domestic cats that lived 17 and 19 years. The
Guiness record is 34 years for a short haired house cat. However, I do not
have first year knowledge of this case.
It is a tribute to the veterinarian profession as to how animals can live much
longer in good health. Dr. Raclyn is a good example for he volunteers to help
pet owners care for their charges in this forum.
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Update: June 2012