An indoor cat has an average life expectancy for 9 – 15 years, but some can live for as long as 20 years. Outdoor cats have a much shorter lifespan, ranging from only 5-7 years since they are more vulnerable to feline viruses, motor accidents, dog attacks, and similar life threatening incidents.
There are various factors that play a role in determining how long a cat will live, such as being an indoor or outdoor type and genetics.These tips significantly contribute to increasing longevity and seeing your pet live through his or her golden years, and enjoying being a cat to the fullest!
Keeping Your Cat Healthy
This small act can make a huge difference. Any small changes to your cat’s behavior or physically can help you and your pet vet detect potential health problems and prevent any condition from getting worse. Keep an eye out for changes in appetite, water intake, breathing patterns, formation of lumps and bumps, coughing, any sign of hindrance with your cat’s physical abilities, toileting habits, coat quality, and anything unusual about your precious pet.
Performing a weekly mini-physical exam on your cat is not only an ideal routine, but both you and your pet can spend some quality time and benefit from the good feeling. Bring your cat to the vet for regular check-ups and not only when he or she gets sick. This will also help you stay up-to-date with your pet’s vaccinations and acquire treatment as necessary for parasites like worms and fleas which can cause diseases and health issues to a poor cat.
See to it that you provide a balanced diet that is suitable for your cat’s age, and serve the right portions to maintain a healthy weight. Feed your pet only good quality cat food that your pet deserves, typically food that are high in protein and moisture content. Provide fresh and clean water along with moist food.
Keep your pet active with enough toys to keep your furball busy and moving about. Rotate toys and schedule regular play times everyday. Let your cat sleep as he wishes since this is their way of regenerating their health and conserving energy to be able to do more activities, play and exercise more once they wake up.
Like humans, oral health is a crucial aspect of a cat’s overall well-being. Unhealthy teeth and gums do more than produce bad breath or cause pain and infection. Since gums have a rich blood supply, any build-up of bacteria can be transported to vital organs including the liver and kidneys. Take a close look on your cat’s teeth and check signs of possible mouth problems. Know how to brush those little pearly whites and give some chew toys.