How Long Do Cats Live?

How long do cats live?

One of the hardest parts of having pets is that they have shorter lifespans than we do. You may be looking at your sweet, new kitten and wondering, "How long do cats live? How long do I have to spend with her?"

The average lifespan of an indoor, spayed or neutered cat is between 14 and 16 years of age. While these are the average numbers, many cats can live much longer than that. In fact, the oldest known cat, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, was a Texas-born kitty named Creme Puff. She was born on August 3rd, 1967 and died on August 6, 2005. That made her 38 years and 3 days old! (Guiness, Oldest Cat Ever)

Currently, the oldest living cat position is held by Scooter, a 30-year-old cat in Mansfield, TX.

Cats Are Living Longer All the Time

The good news is that the lifespans of cats are increasing. Some of the reasons that cats are living longer these days are:

One thing is for sure, no matter how much time you have with your sweet kitty-cat, it will never seem like enough. But don't let that stop you from adopting; just because cats' lifespans are shorter than ours doesn't mean that they can't be filled with love, fun, and memories that will last for YOUR entire lifetime.

Works Cited

  1. Oldest Cat Ever. (n.d.). Retrieved from

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