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Cat Breeds That Live the Longest

When choosing a feline companion, many prospective cat owners consider the lifespan of different breeds. Some cat breeds are known for their longevity, providing many years of companionship and love. In this blog, we'll discuss which cat breeds live the longest so you can have your feline companion for many years to come.

Which Cat Breeds Live the Longest?

Determining a cat's lifespan is quite difficult as many factors must be considered. Nature versus nurture is a major determining factor that can affect different breeds in various ways. Underlying conditions and unexpected illnesses can alter a cat's lifespan, which is why regular geriatric care for older cats is essential.

Assuming a cat lives a long and healthy life, our Woburn vets have shared 5 of the best cat breeds with longer lifespans.

How long do Siamese cats live?

As its name suggests, the Siamese cat originated from Thailand (formerly known as Siam). They have become quite popular because they are sociable, playful, and entertaining. Due to their intelligent nature, it is possible to train Siamese cats. They can be trained to walk on a harness and do lots of tricks.  

Siamese cats tend to live up to 15 years on average, but it is not unheard of for them to live to be 20 years old.

How long do Munchkin cats live?

Munchkin cats are a relatively new breed known for their dwarfism. The energetic, fun-loving breed is well-known for its speed despite having noticeably short legs. These cats can be born with one of three different leg lengths: standard length (the tallest), super short (second tallest), or the shortest length, known as 'rug huggers.'

This breed will usually live up to 15 years old.

How long do Balinese cats live?

Some believe the Balinese cat is a descendant of the Siamese cat. The Balinese have physical traits similar to those of a Siamese cat but differ in their fur. Balinese cats have a longer coat length than Siamese cats. Balinese cats are fun pets as they are known for being outgoing, affectionate, active, intelligent, agile, and 'chatty.'

A healthy Balinese cat can live between 18 and 22 years old.

How long do Ragdoll cats live?

The Ragdoll cat is another relatively new cat breed that can only be dated back to the early 1960s. A Ragdoll cat has long, silky fur, similar to a Persian cat. As its name would suggest, the Ragdoll cat is laid-back and easy-going and can become limp when you pick it up, just like a ragdoll. Ragdoll cats are very friendly, even with strangers. They are also gentle and love to lounge around the house.

Despite their soft look, these cats are quite the tough and healthy breed that can live up to 15-25 years.

How long do Burmese cats live?

Burmese cats are medium-sized and have lovely short coats. They are very energetic, playful, and friendly around their owners as well as strangers. These cute companions love children and make an ideal breed for a family pet. There is a record of a Burmese cat that lived to be 35 years old. Most Burmese cats don't live to be this long, of course, but they do have an impressive lifespan of 18 to 25 years.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet to accurately diagnose your pet's condition.

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