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How Long Will My Cat Live For?

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Cats are complex creatures, and it takes owners a long time to get to know their feline friends. One question that we get asked continuously from cat owners is, “how long will my cat live for”? So, let’s try to give you an answer right here.

 

Average Lifespan of Cats 

Contrary to popular belief, cats do not have nine lives, and their lifespans are governed by a range of factors such as diet, their environment, and the amount of healthcare they receive. One factor that does tend to extend a cat’s life is neutering because cats that have been neutered do not risk contracting reproductive diseases.

 

A Cat’s Stages of Life

 

Kitten (0-6 months)

When they are kittens, it is the best stage to introduce your cats to other pets, as they are getting used to the household environment. This time is the most rapid growth stage, and the best time to get them neutered, if you have made that choice.

 

Junior (6-24 months)

During this stage of life, your cat will grow to its full size and reach sexual maturity. During this stage of development, you should play appropriately with your cat. The reason for this is that they are forming thor habits during this stage of their lives. Use toys rather than using your hands to play with them, as they can learn to bite and scratch humans, and think it is playing.

 

Prime (3-6 years)

This stage is when your cat will enjoy the best years of its life. Despite being young, fit, and healthy, make sure that your cat still receives regular health checks and vaccinations.

 

Mature (7-10 years)

This stage is equivalent to mid-life for a human, around forty to fifty years of age. You might notice your cat starting to get a bit slower, and put on some extra weight. At this stage of life, you should monitor their food, so they are not overeating compared to the amount of exercise they are doing.

 

Senior (11-14 years)

This stage is the start of your cat needing mental stimulation to give them some quality of life. This stimulation is something that should be done throughout your cat’s life. However, it is at this stage of life that they cannot do without it.

 

Geriatric (15+ years)

You may have a cat that is still active at this age, but most will start to slow down considerably. Possibly, you will notice that your pet is quite content to laze around and sleep most of the day. You will need to closely monitor your cat’s health at this stage of their lives and consult your vet if you are worried about any stark changes in behaviour.

Of course, as cats age, they generally become more prone to degenerative diseases and illnesses. There may come the point in your cat’s life whereby its quality of life has diminished considerably. At this point, you might have to make the heart-breaking decision of putting your cat to sleep.

If you do choose to make this traumatic decision, we will give you all the help and support you need.

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In order to safeguard you and our vets and to comply with Government regulations there are some requirements you should be aware of and agree to before we confirm your home visit:
1. If the gentle euthanasia is indoors, only one person can be present during the vet’s visit, other family or friends should say their goodbyes before the vet arrives at your home
2. There should, at all times, be a two meter distance between the family member and the vet.
3. Our process involves sedation, you will be able share closeness with your pet after the vet has given the sedative
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