How Long do Cats Live?

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How Long do Cats Live?

A popular myth believes that a cat lives nine lives. Having said that, there has been never a concrete answer to the lifespan of a cat.

Vets constantly are asked about this one question on a daily basis: how long will my cat live? This and the example tell us that many people have no idea about the lifespan of a cat.

So, we decided to research the topic and fetch all the information that you might need on the facts of a cat’s longevity. Take a look:

How Long Does A Cat Live?

To get some things clear, and out of the way, we can tell you that there is not an average number you can present here. Factors such as environmental conditions, maintenance, and health among other things have a huge role in determining the lifespan of a cat. And, much like dogs, the breed of the cat also has a say in its longevity.


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However, the one thing that has the most impact on the lifespan of a cat is the environmental condition that it is exposed to. So, let’s divide the environmental conditions into the more welcoming and tender indoors, and the harsh outdoors.

Do Indoor Cats Live Longer Than Outdoor Cats?

To answer this question in short, yes. The reason is quite understandable. To understand cats who live indoors live longer than the outdoor ones, let’s take a look at certain details.

Indoor Cats

Cats that spend much of their time indoors, roaming around the house, and hiding in surprising places, live in a safe world. They are regularly pepped with tasty meals and don’t have to be subject to the extreme weather conditions outdoors. According to a survey conducted by the Animal Planet, cats that spend a majority of their time indoors, have an average life span of 12 to 15 years.


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Outdoor Cats

To say that the outdoor world is like a prison for most cats would be an understatement. In contrast to their friends who live indoors, outdoor felines have to go through some extremely tough times. They have to constantly make use of their survival instincts to evade from dogs, and other possible threats. Their diet is generally not as healthy as the indoor felines, and that has a major impact on their overall health. Another key thing that an outdoor feline has to go through is to get pregnant, and further bear the complications that it brings, without the right supervision. The same Animal Planet survey claimed that cats that live outdoors have an average lifespan of 2 to 5 years.


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So, there you have it. Indoor cats tend to live way longer than the cats that live outdoors. If you found this article informative, let us know in the comments below.

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