Stages Of A Cat’s Life
The following is a breakdown of the stages of a kitty’s life, from birth to death:
- Kitten: From birth to 6 months old
- Junior: From 6 months to 2 years old
- Prime: From 3 to 6 years old
- Mature: From 7 to 10 years old
- Senior: From 11 to 14 years old
- Geriatric: 15 years and above
Factors That Affect A Cat’s Lifespan
Now that we know how long your kitty is supposed to be around for, let’s take a look at some factors that typically affect a cat’s lifespan.
Due to the genetics involved, one factor that has an influence on how long a cat is going to live is its breed, with some cats known to stay around longer than others. Feline breeds such as the Siamese, Burmese and the Savannah cat are some of the longest living breeds. And on the other end of the spectrum, the Sphinx, Manx and Exotic cats live relatively shorter lives.
Several studies have shown that fat or obese cats are will most likely live for a shorter period, compared to kitty cats with smaller weights. And this is simply because fat cats are at a higher risk of suffering from weight-related health conditions such as diabetes, joint diseases, respiratory issues and many more.
Cats thrive best on animal-based protein food, and the quality of food regularly given to felines ultimately has an impact on how long they live. It also goes without saying that feeding a kitty cat appropriately, in regards to quality and volume, will help ensure it maintains a healthy weight, thereby ensuring a longer life.
Obviously, healthier cats will lead longer and happier lives, as opposed to kitty cats that spend most of their time on the vet’s table. Additionally, some diseases such as cancer have long-term effects on cats, thereby reducing their lifespan in the long run.
As stated earlier, indoor cats usually live longer than their outdoor counterparts. This is because an indoor feline has the luxury of its owner’s care and attention on top of the safety of being indoors, whereas outdoor cats mostly have to fend for themselves, while battling against harsh weather conditions and predators.