How Many Years Do Cats Live?

It may take time to understand your cat and describe its behavior.  Our adorable friends  have complex behaviors that can baffle even the most experienced cat owner.

However, the only question that can be answered definitively is how long a cat can live on average. In this article we cats live many years? What are the factors affecting their lifespan? What are the cat life cycles? We will try to answer your questions.

  • Stray cats that do not live on the street can live up to 20 years.
  • Factors such as diet, health, and the environment can have an impact on cat lifespan.
  • Neutered cats  tend to live longer.

Cats have 6 key life stages that can help to understand certain health/behavioral issues.

How Many Years Do Cats Live

Average Cat Lifespan

Cats don’t really have nine lives, of course. However, factors such as diet, health care and the environment can have an impact on how long a cat can live.  Neutered cats tend to live longer. This is because neutering prevents reproductive diseases, and neutered cats are less likely to get sick by walking outside.

While a cat’s average lifespan is dependent on many things, including luck, some domestic cats can live up to 20 .  Throughout their lives, they will go through 6 key life stages that can help owners understand specific health/behavioral issues that may arise and things to consider.

Cat Life Stages

Kitten (Up to 6 Months)

This is  the best stage to introduce your cat to many new things like other pets , noises in the house, brushing and holding  , as well as introducing them to children .   

You will find that they go through their fastest growing period during this time.  This is also  a good time  to neuter your pet  to stop unwanted pups .   

Junior (6 ay – 12 ay)

Your cat will reach full size and reach sexual maturity during this time.

It is important that you play with your pet properly. Because it will teach them how to play nicely with people.  This means not playing hard and rolling games with your cat.  B instead of flour, to interact with them cat toys use.

Playing with your hands can encourage biting and scratching, which may seem cute when they’re kittens, but keep in mind that they soon get bigger and bites and scratches will become more difficult.

Prime (3 – 6 Years)

As the name of this phase suggests, your cat will be at the peak of her life during these years.  Despite being young and healthy, it’s    still important to keep your cat up to date on their vaccinations and health checks to help prevent any illness or disease .   

Mature (7 – 10 Years)

At the age of 7-10, your cat will be the human equivalent of someone in their mid-forties to mid-fifties. This means you may notice your pet starting to slow down and are more likely to gain some weight. It’s important to carefully monitor their food consumption so they get the right amount for their activity level. If you are unsure whether your cat is overweight or how to shorten meal times, please talk to your veterinarian.

This period sees your cat reach human age of 70, which means he may start to need more mental stimulation to keep them happy.

Enriching your cat’s environment should be done throughout their lives and continues into their old age, especially as cats tend to relax a lot more at this age.  Food puzzles are a great way to keep your cat entertained and if she’s a little overweight they can keep her busy and active while she tries to get her food!

Geriatric (15 Years and Above)

Some cats reach this age with no signs of slowing down (Some are lucky!). But for others, they may start living in the slow lane and happily procrastinate on their favorite pillow.

Geriatric cats will need to be monitored more closely for any changes in their behavior.  We can give examples of things such as vocalization and the frequency of going to the toilet.  If you notice anything unusual, it’s best to make an appointment with your veterinarian.