Cats and Their Lifespan

October 17, 2019 3 Comments

Cats and Their Lifespan

From kittenhood to adulthood, cats are adorable and they add love to our lives. 

Cats are amazing creatures. They have their daily routine, their unique ways of showing affection, and other amusing things that they do. 

But, they aren’t in our lives forever. 

One of the biggest things that cat parents want to know is how long will they have their favorite furry friend in their lives for. In this blog post, I will answer the question, “How long do cats live?

How Long Do Cats Live? 

The general life of cats is between 10 to 15 years. 


While cats who live unsupervised outdoors for long periods of time on their own generally live for 7 years, indoor cats live till the ripe age of 14. 


Life expectancy depends on a lot of factors. 


This includes the breed of the cat, genetic or parental history, diseases, and generally lifestyle. Kitties that are obese tend to develop additional health problems which can significantly reduce the cat’s lifespan. 


Outdoor cats live a lifestyle that’s dangerous. 

Lifespan Differences: Indoor and Outdoor Cats

As you may have observed, indoor cats generally live longer than outdoor cats. 

Why is that so? 

The thing is, the outdoor lifestyle is much more dangerous than the indoor one. Cats can get injured, and the risk of getting an infectious disease such as feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) increase. 

Not just that, cats can easily get wounded during fights with other animals, get hit by cars, or killed when they ingest poisons such as antifreeze. 

For indoor-only cats, most of these problems are non-existent. They get vaccinated regularly, live in a safe and comfortable environment, get food that’s good for them, and are better cared for. 

With indoor cats, health problems can also be identified early. 

What Happens as Cats Age? 

There are various physical and behavioral change that take place in aging cats. In this section of the blog, I’ll share a few with you. 


Here’s the deal: 


  • The immune system in cats weakens and isn’t able to fight off foreign invaders like it used to 
  • The kitty’s skin gets thinner and less elastic which makes it more prone to infection
  • Older cats aren’t able to groom themselves as effectively as younger cats, which causes skin odour, hair matting, and inflammation
  • The thick and brittle claws are often overgrown which means that they need regular clipping
  • Older cats lose their ability to hear properly 
  • Eye diseases and problems related to vision are common for older cats 
  • Some older cats develop dental diseases which means that they can’t eat solid foods and are put on a liquid diet
  • Cats have a loss of appetite as they grow older 
  • Degenerative joint diseases and disorders are common 

Final Words: How Long Do Cats Live? 

The average lifespan of cats is between 10 to 15 years. This depends on a lot of factors such as genetic history, diseases, lifestyle, exercise, quality of food, etc. 

  • Outdoor cats have a shorter lifespan and, on an average, live for 7 years
  • Indoor cats are better taken care of and live for 14 years 

It is important to keep a check on your kitty’s health and make sure she’s living a happy and healthy life. Give her good-quality food, include platime in the daily schedule, go to the vet regularly, etc. 

3 Responses

Rosalie Kascmer-Ryan
Rosalie Kascmer-Ryan

November 18, 2019

I finally is emails extremely helpful. I have been blessed with my Russian Blue cats for seven years and I’ve learned very much about them from your emails, please continue your good work and please continue sending this vital information to help me give my cats the greatest life ever.

Angela Jolee Floria
Angela Jolee Floria

November 18, 2019

Very cogent, yet still informative and educational. Thank you for sharing.


November 18, 2019

Back in 1999 I got this black & white kitten she needed much love and bottle fed. She became a loyal loving cuddle cat. 2019 she turned 20 in the summer. I just found out she has cancer. I’m heartbroken over this, she is definitely like my baby. I needed to read your post today and this is the subject for today, so I thought I would share Lucky’s story. Thank for the opportunity to let me share my story during this difficult time.

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