Thinking about getting a cat? Here’s how it goes: She’ll come into your life as a wide-eyed kitten and soon transform your house into a jungle of her very own as she worms her way into your heart like nobody else has ever done.
For most cat lovers, the feline ends up being much more than just a pet – she’ll become your friend, your constant companion, your napping partner, and even your alarm clock.
Trust us when we say you want this to last for as long as possible.
‘Though the last thing you’re probably thinking about when you’re about to get a new cat is how long they will live, it is one of the most important aspects to consider. There is nothing more devastating to a cat owner than losing a beloved feline so if you can increase the chance of your chosen cat living the longest, healthiest life possible, it’s wise to do so.
The good news is that if you live in a country with good veterinary care, the average life-span of a neutered domestic cat is around 14 years old and on the rise. There are a lot more cats these days reaching their late teens and early twenties!
Compare that to the 6-8 year lifespan of feral cats who might fall victim to accidents, illness, food shortages and predators and you start to see how important lifestyle factors are in determining the lifespan of cats.
The best thing you can do to make sure your cat lives a long, healthy life is to make sure that she is well-cared for and safe. Keeping her indoors can also help extend your cat’s lifespan as long as you ensure she gets plenty of exercise and stimulation to stave away obesity and stress.
The second best thing you can do? Choose a cat breed that has less health problems that will interfere with her chance of a long, prosperous life.
To help you do that, we’ve made a list of the longest living cat breeds around. There are plenty of them so you’ll definitely be able to find the purrfect feline fit for you!
Egyptian Mau life span: 15-20 years
I’m one of the heartiest, healthiest cat breeds and not particularly prone to any kinds of disease. That being said, I need lots of vigorous play daily for my – and your – peace of mind.
I also appreciate being showered with affection and attention as often as possible. And most importantly – I thrive best as the only pet in the household. Competition is just not my thing.
What I am great at, however, is tracking down prey. Should you let me out, you’ll be impressed to find I have top-notch hunting skills – I may bring you back a gift or two. Especially if you’re one of my favorite humans.
Yes, I do play favorites and I always prefer those humans over strangers. Read more about the Egyptian Mau.
Ragdoll cat life span: 15-25 years
My name gives me away. I am every bit as big, fluffy, and easy-going as a ragdoll. I’ll even go limp when you pick me up – which I’ll let you do even if you’re a total stranger.
I’m just friendly like that, ‘though my sociability never gets annoying. At most, I’ll follow you from room to room just to remain within petting distance. It’s easy to love me, which is why I’m toward the top of this list. Read more about the Ragdoll.
Sphynx cat life span: 15-20 years
The results are in – a recent study reveals that I am the sweetest cat towards strangers and owners alike. But if you’ve ever met me, you already knew that. That’s ’cause what I lack in hair, I make up for in friendliness and devotion. So much so that I’ve earned the nickname “velcro kitty.”
Highly sociable and unreservedly affectionate, I know no shame when it comes to begging for attention.
I’ll greet you when you get home, follow you wherever you go, talk to you endlessly, learn to play fetch so we can bond further, and even snuggle up to sleep with you. ‘Personal space’ isn’t in my repertoire so no boundaries between us, okay?
I also live a long time, so be prepared for decades of unadulterated affection! Good thing I don’t shed much and am hypoallergenic, huh? Read more about the Sphynx.
Nebelung cat life span: 15-18 years
Intense green eyes, pointed ears and silvery blue, floating coat…I admit I do have a decidedly other worldly appearance. It’s mostly due to my unique coat, with all its silvery blue hues and a wispy, silky texture that has the appearance of floating around my body.
And it’s this beautiful long coat of mine that’s the inspiration behind my name, Nebelung, which translates to ‘creature of the mist or fog’ in German.
But I’m more than just a gorgeous fluffy grey cat. Introverted by nature, I’m every bit as genteel and reserved as my dignified looks suggest and prefer to save my love for just one or two special humans rather than everyone.
I’m easy to love back since I’m fairly low-maintenance and quiet, but just keep in mind that I’m a sensitive cat and my affections need to be reciprocated. Read more about the Nebelung.
Bombay cat life span: 15-20 years
Jet black and beautiful, I am nowhere near as mysterious as my looks suggest. In fact, I’m an open book – wide open to giving and receiving as much lovin’ affection to and from every living being on earth. Both my humans and strangers are okay with me!
I even like the little humans and thrive when living with active – and more importantly, interactive – families, making me one of the best cat breeds for kids.
I crave affection like a fat kid craves cake and I’ll follow my humans all around in order to get my fill of love, snuggles, and belly rubs. Of course, if you want to put me on a leash and take me out to mingle with the world, I’m game for that, too! Read more about the Bombay.
Siamese cat life span: 16-20 years
I am a straight up extrovert who loves to mingle and be right where the action is. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing – you can bet I’ll there, making myself a part of any activity you’re up to.
And I’m no quiet participant, either – in fact, I’m one of the chattiest cats ever, with valuable opinions on every matter under the sun. But as loud and demanding as I can be, I’m also unabashedly affectionate and tirelessly sociable, which makes me a real pleasure to have around. Read more about the Siamese.
Oh, I almost forgot! Guess who was named the world’s oldest living cat by the Guinness Book of World Records last month? Scooter, a 30-year-old Siamese cat! The reason cited for his longevity? His activeness, which all of us Siamese busybodies possess in spades.
Savannah cat life span: 17-20 years
Despite my wildcat looks, I don’t belong in the wild. In fact, my roots stem from the pairing of a Siamese Sealpoint and an African Serval so I’m one of those hybrid cat breeds you can keep at home.
Another perk? According to the experts over at petMD, I’m one of the healthiest cat breeds and have no known established health problems.
On top of all that, I’m the total package: beautiful, athletic, and smart. You can even teach me to walk on a leash and I will impress you with my ability to jump 8 feet straight into the air and master tricks like ‘fetch’ and ‘sit’. Read more about the Savannah.
Burmese cat life span: 18-25 years
Did you know that the official record holder for the oldest living cat is a 35-year-old Burmese? Yup, I come from good stock.
And that’s a great thing ’cause you’ll want to have me around for as long as you possibly can. Why? I am the soft and satiny social butterfly of the feline world. I live to mix and mingle and will do so with everyone. Everyone, you ask? Absolutely! You’ll never see me turning down a petting session from a stranger or an appreciative smooch from a cat-friendly dog.
Humans and animals fascinate me, which is why I’m forever following everyone around to find out what they’re up to. Of course, I’ll be providing running commentary the whole time. I’m wonderful fun to be around, I hear ‘though admittedly, I have no sense of boundaries. Read more about the Burmese.