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Cat’s seem like pretty savvy animals.
They are cunning, sly, know how to “fly under the radar” and seem to be on alert and ready to retrieve, even during sleep!
Thinking back over my experience with kitties, even from a very early age, I can remember some sweet babies that didn’t make it even a year or two. The cats that lived outside would inevitably lose their life in sad car accidents or fall prey to other animals.
Then, I remember some cats that lived inside with us that made it to 13 - 19 years!
I had a cat named Chelsey that lived to be 19. She was an amazing Calico that was healthy as could be growing up. She was always active and loved to play, even in her senior days. I fed her Iams cat food and stayed away from people food always! She was a gem and so beautiful!! Read Chelsey's full story to see more pics of her and learn about her spirited personality.
On record for the longest kitty life, in Guinness World Records, is a cat named Creme Puff. This is beyond unbelievable!!
"The oldest cat ever is Creme Puff who was born on 3 August 1967 and lived until 6 August 2005 - an amazing 38 years and 3 days! Creme Puff lived with her owner, Jake Perry, in Austin, Texas, USA."
Credit Reference: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/oldest-cat-ever
The main determining factor for the life of a cat is whether they live inside or outside.
An outside cat has so many more obstacles to overcome to stay healthy and happy. Navigating life to dodge predators, the elements, the roadway system, and transferred diseases are the main factors that an inside cat just doesn't have to worry about.
An outside cat also endures a lot of physical and emotional stress just trying to make it another day. Stress is a major contributor to lowering their immune system and making them more likely to fall ill to diseases.
On average, inside cats that are well cared for and fed, can live anywhere from 9 to 16 years. Outside cats can live anywhere from 3 to 6 years.
You may think some of these numbers are really low but keep in mind we are talking on average. For every cat that is having success with a long life, you can find several others that were not as lucky.
To give your cat the longest life possible, we recommend the following:
So, here's to your cat having a long and healthy life!
Remember, to give them “safe” spots and keep them away from dangerous outside situations as much as you can. An indoor kitty averages 6 to 10 more years of life over an outside kitty. Try to keep them on a healthy diet and give them plenty of play opportunities for exercise.
And don't forget to love your cat as much as possible. A purring cat is a happy & healthy cat!
What has been your experience with inside vs outside cats?
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