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In recent decades, pet owners have seen a remarkable increase in the average lifespan of their feline companions.
Changes in Average Lifespan
In the early 1980s, domestic cats had an average lifespan of seven years, which rose to 9.4 years by 1995. As of 2021, cats now have an average lifespan of approximately 15 years, according to various sources.
Factors Contributing to Increased Lifespan
Factors contributing to the increased lifespan of cats include advances in veterinary medicine, better nutrition, and an increased awareness of pet care. With regular veterinary checkups, vaccinations, and preventive care, pet owners can now provide their cats with the necessary medical attention to help them live long and healthy lives. In addition, cat owners have become more aware of the importance of providing their cats with a balanced and nutritious diet that meets their nutritional needs.
Longevity in Cats
Interestingly, some cats have surpassed the average lifespan and have been reported to live well into their thirties. In fact, the oldest known cat, Creme Puff, died at the verified age of 38. However, such longevity in cats is rare and is usually attributed to genetics and the overall care they receive throughout their lives.
Spaying or Neutering Your Cat
Furthermore, spaying or neutering your cat can have a positive impact on their lifespan. According to a study, neutered male cats can live twice as long as intact males, while spayed female cats live 62% longer than intact females. In addition to increasing life expectancy, spaying and neutering have several health benefits for cats. Castrated males cannot develop testicular cancer, and spayed females have a reduced risk of developing uterine or ovarian cancer, along with a reduced risk of mammary cancer.
In conclusion, responsible pet ownership, proper nutrition, regular checkups, and spaying or neutering your cat can all contribute to a longer and healthier life for your feline companion. While cats have come a long way in terms of their average lifespan, there is always room for improvement.