When adopting a pussycat, the question we inevitably ask ourselves is: ” How old will my cat live?” It is evident that, when we decide to welcome an animal in our home, we want to enjoy long years in your company.
Although it is complex to calculate how long each domestic cat can live, it is possible to reach an average life expectancy. However, this calculation is not simple or accurate, as many variables influence the longevity of a feline.
In addition to the characteristics inherent to the pussycat itself, its lifestyle and the care it receives are also key. Next, we will analyze how it is possible to estimate how long your cat will live and what we can do to help improve its life expectancy.
Is it possible to calculate how many years my cat will live?
The determination of how long a pussycat will live is as complex as calculating its exact age in human years; Therefore, we refer to an estimated calculation. Some cats may exceed average longevity, while others may die younger than expected.
For this calculation, some variables inherent to each cat’s own organism are considered. The most important are: race, genetic inheritance, lineage, size, and metabolism. In this way, the average life expectancy is established for individuals of the same race, who share certain genetic and morphological characteristics.
It must be remembered that there are also factors external to the cat’s organism that directly impact its longevity. The quality of life of a cat is usually decisive when answering the question: “How old will my cat live?”
In reality, domestic cats tend to have a better life expectancy than stray cats. Unfortunately, cats that are born or abandoned in the streets are exposed to numerous pathogens and risk factors for their health. In addition, your nutrition will hardly be balanced and complete.
On the contrary, the children who enjoy a home routine are more ‘protected’ and can accompany their relatives for long years, provided they receive adequate preventive medicine, a balanced diet and appropriate care for their physical and mental well-being.
Each cat is a world and its organism is unique
Cats are very special animals and each pussycat is a unique being, endowed with its own personality and unique organism. For this reason, its longevity will also be unique and it is impossible to define exactly how many years your cat will live.
It is true that we can estimate their life expectancy if we consider their genetic characteristics, their race, their lineage, their morphology, and their metabolism. However, we must always emphasize that this average usually varies according to the living conditions of each animal.
In general, the felines of the breed usually live between 8 and 15 years, although some individuals may become longer. However, some cats may exceed all estimates regarding their life expectancy.
Is it true that mongrel cats live longer?
It is possible to verify that mongrel cats created in optimal conditions hardly get sick and can live for more than 20 years. But is it really true that they are more long-lived because they are mestizos?
To breed and standardize feline breeds, breeders subject cats belonging to each breed to a series of selective crosses. Its main objective is basically to reinforce or exaggerate certain physical attributes and instinctive skills appreciated in each race.
Crossing the cats chosen as ‘specimens’ can obtain more and more ‘ideal’ specimens according to the patterns established for their breed.
Unfortunately, many breeders have resorted to inbreeding crosses – among genetically related individuals – to improve the ‘purity’ of the lineage.
Despite good crossing techniques, high consanguinity has a very negative impact on the health of the young: congenital deformations, weaker immune system, fertility problems, behavioral disorders … These are just some incidences of inbreeding in animals.
Mestizo cats, in turn, have not been subjected to inbred or selective crosses, so they have greater genetic diversity. Consequently, they demonstrate a lower predisposition to hereditary and degenerative diseases that severely affect most feline races.
Take care of your pussy, no matter their race
Remember to visit the veterinarian every six months, respect your vaccination letter and the deworming of your pussy. With this, your pet will have a happy and more lasting life.