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    Jasmine0803
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    Hi, I was wondering if anyone would share the age their cats were when they passed away? My cat Tiger is 13 now, so I’m wondering how much longer I will roughly have him for.

    I asked my vet the average life span of a cat and he said 12. He is an indoor/outdoor boy.

    Just wondering what everyone’s experiences are.

    Regards, Carmen

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    Jasmine0803
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    I love him dearly and am hoping he will live to 20 at least. He is very strong and healthy for an elderly boy :-)

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    Hey Jasmine! I think each cat is different just like people. I think most of the cats I have had have lived to about 16 to 18 years old.

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    ladysky61
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    Barring accidents, 15-20 years.

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    Jasmine0803
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    oh thats great news! hopefully i will have him for a while longer yet. The thought of losing him upsets me so badly, thought i know its going to happen one day.

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    Mo
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    They have the potential to live 25-35 years, which I do think is entirely possible, with the best care. But the avearge lifespan for a cat is fourteen years.

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    I think the 12 years number come from the fact that a lot of cat’s die as kittens from accidents, illness,etc. Once they reach adulthood, I would expect them to live until they are at least 15. I’ve known several cats that surpassed the 20 year mark. but stay on top of vet care and if you haven’t already done so start putting money aside for future vet expenses as he gets older.

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    Commune
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    My girlfiend’s siamese lived 18 years. She was an indoor cat.

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    choyt11
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    guinness book of world records says 34 years…

    #723647
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    choyt11
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    i’ve had one live to 24 (Yuki) and one to 17 (Velvet Rose)

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    In my experience cats are living longer these days, just like humans are. They are generally getting better foods and better care. 12 used to be old age for a cat and most of the signs you see in a vet office still show that as elderly. Thirty years ago that’s about what my cats lived to be. However of the last group of 7 cats that aged in place with us two reached 16 and five reached 18 years. Our current family is all under five and we expect them all to live 18 to 20 years. All of our cats are and have been indoor/outdoor cats in rural areas. My friend’s cat is currently 22 and plugging along fine.

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