Domestic cats have been a part of human homes since time immemorial. They belong to the family Felidae and are small, agile carnivores. These elusive felines have a very keen sense of hearing and a night vision that is one of the best in the world. They have retractable claws and a muscular, supple body. They are known to have an excellent memory and can learn by observing and experience.
Average Life Expectancy
A feline's life expectancy totally depends upon whether it is an indoor cat or an outdoor cat. The average life expectancy of cats 20 years ago was just four to six years. However, with the advancement in good veterinary care, their life expectancy has increased considerably, up to 15 years or more.
Diet plays an important role in increasing the average life expectancy. The pet food offered to them and their lifestyle play a major part in increasing the chances of a longer life. If you overfeed your cat, then you are lowering its chances of living a healthy, long, and satisfying life.
The genetic makeup of each individual cat also helps in increasing the life expectancy. Cat breeds that are genetically prone to certain diseases are known to have a lower life span. The moggie or mouser and similar mixed breeds of cats have a mixed genetic makeup which makes their average life expectancy longer than that of pure breed cats.
When cats are kept indoors, they tend to live to a ripe old age of over 15 years. They are less prone to accidents, poisoning, attacks from animals like other cats, dogs, etc. These cats do not succumb to infectious feline diseases as they are less exposed to other cats. It has been seen that they can live for over 20 years.
Regular exercise and playtime will also help in increasing their average life expectancy. Older cats should be given some gentle exercises and playtime to remain healthy and agile. Also, regular visits to the vet are important. This will help prevent any diseases and keep your cat fit and fine. Old cats, just like humans, need a lot of care and attention regarding their health issues.
Cats with CRF
Chronic Renal Failure or CRF is a very common condition that affects older cats. This is a natural aging process, where the kidneys slowly and gradually begin to function less accurately. Cats need only 25% of one kidney function to be normal and by the time CRF becomes symptomatic, even this 25% capacity is diminished. CRF has a variable rate of progress in different cats. The life expectancy of cats with CRF is totally dependent on the progress of the disease and the damage caused to the kidneys. The cat's health is affected greatly when end stage renal failure sets in. Taking good care of a cat with CRF will help it live through this difficult time with ease.
Cats with Kidney Disease
A kidney disease in cats means that they are unable to clear all the toxic waste from their blood. Many people think that a chronic kidney failure means the inability to produce urine. However, it is not the case. Many cats affected by chronic kidney disease produce more urine than normal, with improper blood purification. The average life expectancy of cats with a kidney disease, with proper treatment and care, will be up to 4 years.
Cats with Diabetes
A common endocrine disease in cats, diabetes has symptoms that range from excessive thirst to frequent urination and weight loss. It is seen that the early detection of diabetes in cats increases their life expectancy. They need the correct management of the disease to help them survive.
The average life expectancy of cats is around 15 to 21 years. Outdoor cats have an average life expectancy of 4-5 years. Good pet care is the basis of an increased life expectancy. Give your cat all your love and care and enjoy long and happy years of companionship with it.