Cats are a part of the family, and we hope they will be with us for many years. While we can only wish they truly had nine lives, there are many things we can do to help our cats live long and happy lives. 

How long do cats live? 

The average lifespan of a cat is around 15 years, but this can vary depending on the breed, size, health, and lifestyle of your cat. Some cats can live up to 20 years or even longer, especially if they are well taken care of and have good genes and few health issues. 

What factors influence a cat’s lifespan? 

Breed and size 

Some breeds tend to live longer than others, usually because they are less prone to genetic diseases or health problems. Smaller cats tend to live longer than larger cats. 


The health of your cat can have a significant impact on their lifespan. Some health issues, such as kidney disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity, can shorten your cat’s life. Some of these issues can be prevented or managed with proper care, such as regular check-ups, vaccinations, dental hygiene, and a balanced diet. Preventative health programs like Healthy Pets Plus can help you keep your cat in healthy shape.  

Watch out for any signs of illness or pain in your cat, such as changes in appetite, behaviour, weight, or energy level, and consult your veterinarian if you notice anything unusual. Cats are good at hiding signs of illness, so make sure to stay on top of their preventative health and book them in for regular health checks.  


Indoor vs outdoor lifestyle 

The lifestyle of your cat can also affect how long they live. Indoor living helps your cat stay safe from the dangers that can find them outside, such as predators, parasites, diseases, and accidents. 

How do you help your cat live a long and healthy life? 

Our cats have been there for us through thick and thin, and we want them to be with us for as long as possible. While we can’t stop the clock, there are some things we can do to help our cats live long and healthy lives.  

One of the most important things you can do is feed your cat a super premium cat food that is complete and balanced and meets their specific needs for their lifestage. Speak to a friendly team member at your local Petbarn to find the best food for your cat. Use our Cat Food Finder Tool or speak to a friendly team member at your local Petbarn to find the best food for your cat. 

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Staying on top of their preventative health needs (like vaccinations and parasite prevention) and catching signs of illness early is also important. Book your cat in for regular health checks with your local Greencross Vets every 6 months, especially if they’re a young kitten or senior cat.  

To save on your cat’s preventative health, sign up to Healthy Pets Plus, Greencross’s preventative health program designed to help your cat stay healthier and happier for longer. 

What are the key stages in a cat’s life? 


Cats go through a lot of physical and mental development in their first year of life. Kittens are playful, curious, and energetic. They need a lot of attention, socialization, and stimulation. They also need frequent meals and vaccinations. This is the time to channel their instincts to teach them good habits, such as using the litter box, scratching posts, and toys. 


Adult cats are more settled and stable. They have established their personality and preferences. They may be less active and more affectionate. They need regular meals, exercise, grooming, and veterinary check-ups. 


Cats are considered seniors once they reach 7 years of age. They are more relaxed and may sleep more and play less. They may also experience some physical and mental decline, such as vision and hearing loss, arthritis, or kidney disease. They need special care and attention to keep them comfortable and happy. This is the time to provide them with soft beds, ramps, toys, supplements, and take them to your vet for regular wellness checks.  

Cats are wonderful creatures that can enrich our lives in many waysBy knowing how long your cat lives, what to expect at each stage, and how to deal with the joys and challenges of each stage, you can help your cat live a long and happy life and make the most of your time together.