Cats are living longer than ever. With improvements in nutrition and veterinary medicine including vaccines and therapeutic agents, cats are living to over 15 years of age and in some cases over 20 years of age. Life expectancy depends on many things, including one important factor - whether your cat is an indoor-only cat or an outdoor cat.
Indoor cats generally live from 12-18 years of age. Many may live to be in their early 20s. The oldest reported cat, Creme Puff lived to be an amazing 38 years old.
Outdoor cats generally live shorter lives due to being more likely to be involved in traumas such as motor vehicle accidents or dog attacks. Outdoor cats are also more susceptible to several life threatening viruses including Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukaemia that are spread by fighting or contact with an infected cat.
There are many things you can do to help your feline friend live happily through their golden years.
The ageing process is accompanied by many physical and behavioural changes:
Information adapted from Cornell Feline Health Centre
If you have an ageing feline friend, we're sure you want to ensure they live a long and happy life. We offer free dental health checks so that we're able to identify any signs of dental disease in your cat, vaccinations, cat boarding and more - contact your nearest vet clinic today.
Enjoy greater convenience and peace of mind with the Total Wellness Plan. As part of our annual healthcare plan you will receive unlimited consultations*, annual vaccination, monthly parasite control delivered direct to your door and more, meaning that you can focus on your cat living a long and happy life without the stress - join the Total Wellness Plan today.
*For Classic plan members only.