Cat Life Expectancy
Questions about the average cat life expectancy are not always that easy to answer because there are many factors involved. However , with good care and limited stress average cat life expectancy is between fifteen to seven years. This can vary from breed to breed and as a rule of thumb the none specific breeds usually live around three tears longer than their pedigree counterparts. This is probably due to the closer breeding often involved with pedigree cats due to a thinning of the genetic variances. It is scientifically recognised of course that close breeding (in any species) is a factor that can predetermine shorter lifespans and a predisposition towards health issues especially later in life. However many show cats and pedigrees often live to a ripe old age so you shouldn’t be put off owning such an animal for any of the above stated reasons.
Stuff That Shortens Cat Life Expectancy
Of course, any animals chances of living a long and more importantly healthy life can be dramatically improved if you take the advice I readily dispense in my great new book “The Useless Thoughts of Rantin Cat”. One advantage the pedigrees and show cats do have in the area of cat life expectancy is that they often spend most of their time indoors or in enclosed cat runs. This obviously removes many of the risks to their lives such as predators, motor cars and other hazardous human/cat interactions. It is a sad fact that a large proportion of domestic cats don’t make it beyond their first ten years of life due to the hazards of poisoning, motor vehicle accidents and becoming trapped. The old saying “curiosity killed the cat” sadly has its roots in some distressing factual history. It’s a fact that cat life expectancy is often shortened due to the animals inherent curiosity causing them to become locked in storage areas and vacant properties where many unfortunate creatures have literally starved to death.
Improving Cat Life Expectancy
There are ways you can improve cat life expectancy and most of them are of course a matter of common sense. Good healthy nutrition is always a great place to start. Remember, cats are meat eaters, nature built them that way. Also much as we love our feline companions our food is not the right stuff for them especially milk and cream. Cats don’t breakdown Lactose (dairy sugar) very efficiently so it can become trapped in the large intestine where it ferments. This in turn leads to gas and sometimes diarrhea in cats too. A small amount of fresh meat or chicken every now and again as a treat is much better for them. Regular vaccinations and check ups with a reliable vet will also go a long way towards ensuring that your cat stays in good health. Prevention is always better than cure when it comes down to increasing cat life expectancy so don’t be tempted to allow minor ailments to develop into more serious illnesses.