Q: What is the normal life span of cats .

June 28, 2008 | By CSprayberry | 7 answers | Expired: 2361 days ago

Indoor orange tabby.

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Jun 28, 2008

I've had a few who died young due to accident or serious illness but the vast majority of my cats have lived to be 17 or 18 years. My cats do go outside but obviously they don't have the tough life that feral cats do. I always hear of people who have cats who have lived to be 20 or 21 but mine have never made it to that age.

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Jun 28, 2008

The average lifespan for a healthy, well cared for cat can be anywhere from 12 to 20+ years. I believe the world record was a cat in his 30's. I have found no correlation between ages and coat colors, nor have I found any definite gender differences. I have found that purebreds tend to have more health problems than your "average" mutt cat, so the mixed breeds (especially tabbies) seem to live longer.

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Jessica H.

Jul 01, 2008

Depending on health and wellness, I've seen cats live anywhere between 10 - 20 years. Seems 15 is average.

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