Cats can live a long time, more than a decade in most cases. Some cats, however, are able to live much longer, especially with routine veterinary care. Today, our Citrus Heights vets share the cat breeds that live the longest and how senior cats benefit from geriatric veterinary care.
What are the longest-living breeds of cats?
Cats, in general, live a fairly long life, around 10 to 14 years, some cats can live up to 30 years. Unfortunately, underlying conditions and unexpected illness can of course alter a cat's life span, this is why routine geriatric cat care is so important.
With routine care, you can help your cat live a long and healthy life. Here are the cat breeds that have been known to live the longest lives:
The Siamese cat gets its name directly from the land it originated - Thailand, previously known as Siam. Siamese cats have become quite popular because they are sociable, playful, and entertaining. It is possible to train Siamese cats due to their intelligent nature. They can be trained to walk on a harness and do lots of tricks.
So how long do Siamese cats live? Typically, you can expect a Siamese cat to live 15 to 20 years.
This newer breed of cat is a popular choice due to their 'cute' appearance which is a result of their dwarfism. The energetic, fun-loving breed is well-known for its speed despite having noticeably short legs. These cats can be born with one of 3 different leg lengths known as standard length (the tallest), super short (second tallest), and the shortest length known as 'rug huggers'.
How long do Munchkin cats live? Will proper diet, care, and nutrition, you can expect munchkin cats to live up to 15 years.
Due to their similar appearance, many people believe that the Balinese and Siamese breeds are related. The Balinese have physical traits similar to a Siamese cat but differ when it comes to their fur. Balinese cats have a longer coat length compared to Siamese cats. Balinese cats are fun cats to have as pets as they are known for being outgoing, affectionate, active, intelligent, agile, and 'chatty'.
With routine care especially through their senior years, a Balinese cat can live to be between 18 and 22 years old.
Did you know that the Ragdoll has only been around since the 1960's? A Ragdoll cat has long silky fur similar to a Persian cat. As its name would suggest, the Ragdoll cat is laid-back and easy-going and can become limp when you pick it up, just like a ragdoll. Ragdoll cats are very friendly, even with strangers. These cats love gentle cuddles and will spend their time sleeping and relaxing around the house.
Despite their soft look, these cats are quite the tough and healthy breed that can live up to 15-25 years.
Burmese cats have soft and short coats of fur and only grow to become medium-sized. They are very energetic cats and very playful and friendly around their owners as well as strangers. These cute companions love children and make for an ideal breed for a family pet.
The oldest Burmese cat to ever live survived until the age of 35. Most Burmese cats don't live to be this long of course, but they do have an impressive lifespan of 18 to 25 years.
How can veterinary geriatric care for pets help care for your senior cat?
Your knowledge of your cat's activities, health, and personality, and any observations you may be able to offer, will serve as an important guide for your vet. This knowledge, along with routine senior cat care with your veterinarian can help ensure that your feline friend stays happy and healthy through their golden years. Depending on your senior cat's age, lifestyle, health status, and a few other factors including any ongoing needs they may have regarding medical conditions, your vet can tell you how often to come in for a visit and may recommend increasing the frequency of physical checkups.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.