Q: Do purebred cats live longer than mixed-breed cats?

Mary T.

I am still grieving the loss of my dear cat and I don’t want to go though that again. Which live longer, purebred cats or adopted, mixed-breed cats?

Chosen Answer

In general, there are no longevity differences in purebred or mixed-breed cats. Disease, either infectious or inherited, can shorten the lives of cats; good medical care and a human companion’s love can extend lives and the quality of life of all felines.

Infectious diseases, such as feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) or ringworm, can spread in the confinement of purebred catteries. Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) can infect mixed-breed kittens born to stray or outside cats.

Certain hereditary defects, like renal amyloidosis in Abyssinians or polycystic kidney disease in Persians, can affect a cat’s expected longevity. Not all purebred catteries follow sound management principles to avoid excessive inbreeding and provide favorable rearing conditions.

Find out as much as you can about a prospective pet’s history. Don’t discount an older animal with a few miles on the odometer. And prepare to be the best lifelong friend that cat ever had.

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