Growing up on a farm, our barn cats normally did not live very long. I know it is sad, but it was just the way it was. I was not cut out for that life! My husband and I have had an indoor cat for about 6 years now. We got her out of a dumpster and the vet estimated she was no more than a year old. What is the life span of a cat? Of course, we have no idea what kind of cat she is. We just call her our dumpster kitty! Is she considered old? I know this is info I should know, but I truely never thought of it before. When I tried googling, I just got stuff about cat breeds.
A cat in good health cat live well into there teens. I have meet cats that have lived 21-23 years if healthy. But I would say and adverage domestic cat that lives indoors only would like around 15-18 years. Hope this helps you.
Well cared for indoor ordinary domestic cats can live anywhere from 15 to over 20 years. My Stormy died at 15 with no known illnesses (very sad) but Tabitha lived to 21. Good quality cat food is a good idea. Some of the store brands are full of junk and are like eating fast food every day. When she gets older, switch to a senior formula. Without any unfortunate accidents or diseases you can expect to have your kitty for a very long time. :) Also, this was NOT at all a dumb question!! I asked the exact same one a few months ago specific to Persian cats because I had never had a purebred before. The replies I got made me very happy because I was told they have the same life expectancy as any other type of cat.
With the improvement of veterinarian care, cats can live many years. My cats both lived to be 18. I just lost my last cat this past Friday; she was 18.5. Your vet should be able to estimate the age of your cat. If you keep her/him indoors and take good care of him/her, I think it safe to say you will enjoy many many years. Susan
Thanks for your help. Our cat, Kika seems to be happy and healthy. Every time we take her to the vet for a check up they tell us she is doing great. The only regret I have is that we got her declawed. We thought it was the best for our son who was 3 at the time, but now I don't know.....
To "New Dog Owner" Welcome to Kitty world! I've always had cats. The last one I had died the day after Christmas. I got her (Persian) when she was 6 months old and she died just short of her 20th birthday. Needless to say, I am very sad and miss her greatly. She learned to walk on a leash with me. This is the only time I let her outside. She had very, very minor health issues and seldom went to the vet. (She was frightened of the car). She got regular rabies shots, but that was about all, after her inital kitty shots. I want to adopt another Persian, they make such great "lap" cats. I think mine was velcroed to me, as she followed my every move. I just recently adopted a long-hair domestic 9 month old kitty. But it seems that she turned out to be a "Daddy's girl". She loves my husband and will not come up to sit my me. She already sleeps with him in his easy chair, while my lap goes cold. I need a Persian. I'm so missing my little Mimi.
I understand; I too grew up, well not on a farm, but practically so. My grandma and grandpa lived on one, and we were there four or five times a week, for at least an hour.
So anyway, a lot of people will say 15 or so, but the maximum lifespan can be up to 30. Depends on the diet and environs. Cats in Europe live that long now and again because they have better cat food standards than we do in the United States.