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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-21-2010, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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life expectancy of indoor cats

So, does anyone know how long indoor cats
usually live?

Any advice on how to keep one healthy? She is 15 years old.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-21-2010, 10:25 PM
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15 is a good old age! They seem to have longer life-spans than they used to, especially if kept inside. My oldest cat, Quinnie, was 18 when she passed. I've heard of several in their early 20's! The only advice I know is, take them for their regular check-ups at the vet so they can catch it early if something's wrong. Cats don't complain and are sometimes VERY sick before you can tell something's wrong.

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I agree with the advice that tommycat gave you. Just keep up her vet visits and if you notice her acting a little odd I would take her to the vet to make sure nothing is wrong with her. I've heard of cats living into their 20's as well and our oldest cat is 11 years old.
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Cats depend so much on what kind of cat it is, some have a lot longer life span so it ranges from like 10-22ish some live longer but 20 is a very old cat.

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My bf's cat just passed away at the age of 18, so your buddy is getting up there. I would personally just feed him the best you can give, keep his mind active and give him appropriate excercise. I think that's the best overall advice anyone can give.
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Just adding to the consensus, late teens is not unusual for overall healthy, indoor cats.

We have two friends who lost their cats within the last year or two, one was 18, the other a chart-topping 22.

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My friend's indoor cat lived to be 23 but late teens are definitely more common. Most indoor cats I know lived to be at least 15, most older.




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An outdoor Tom cat we had when we were kids lived to be about 5...He was the best best cat in the world and so tolerant and came on walks with my dog but he got sick and passed. He never seen a vet either.
My aunts cat lived to be 19 and she kept it inside and it never seen a vet.

Depends on what kind of lifestyle your cat has. I dont preach vets all the time bc that would be hypocritical of me, instead spend your time learning pet first aid and homeopathic treatments. My dog has seen a vet only 4 times in his 13 years (I know this might be dumb of me now bc I need a vets equipment to scan his internals) but just as a point. Learn to be in tune to your cat so you can tell at the first sign that something is wrong, too many people fail to do learn their pets and flock to the vets in a heartbeat. -_-
Now before anybody begins bossing on me about my opinion, the vet IS a good place and the vet can learn your pet inside and out but it can be skipped if your pet stepped on glass or twisted his paw. Or gets a cold..
Keep your cat interested in life because there are newer studies that are proving that indoor cats are more likely to become depressed because their exploratory nature is deprived. Train your kitty to walk on a harness instead of letting him out to roam. Play with him for at least 20 minutes a day and groom him often.
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Depending on the care and the cat itself, it can live for years.





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I'd say as long as you are keeping her healthy and regular check ups, she definitely has some years left in her

Right now I have one cat Scout, who I had since a baby and he is 16.
My other cat Cleo passed away at 21.


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I hear 18-20. My aunt's cat lived to be 24 before it was discovered she had cancer.

I think a lot of it depends on pet supplies (food, toys, litter) and the love of your cat. My aunt's vet told her to drop the clay litter, make sure toys were chew safe (as in didn't have poisons), and try for a better food.
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