The life expectancy of a cat is typically 12-15 years with indoor cats usually living longer than outdoor cats.
Factors that influence life span:
Keeping a cat indoors only decreases the risk of trauma (e.g. from being hit by a car or injured by another animal) and certain infectious diseases and can increase longevity. Appropriate environmental enrichment is essential to maintain mental and physical well being of cats kept indoors.
If you choose to let your cat outdoors, it allows for natural stimulation. Access outdoors can be supervised with enclosures and lead walking or ensuring your yard is safe and cannot be escaped from.
Nutrition: Feed your cat a good quality, well balanced diet according to its age. Find out more about Purina’s range of cat food.
Keep your cat healthy with regular treatment for parasites (worms and fleas). Regular veterinary check-ups (at least once a year) are important in order to check the health of your cat and pick up diseases and health issues early.
Dental care: Unhealthy teeth and gums also have an impact on cats the and not just bad breath, pain and/or infection! As the gums have a rich blood supply, bacteria can be transported to other organs (such as the liver, kidneys) in the body which may cause damage and even organ failure.
Purina Vet Adviser
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.