What the average life expectancy of a healthy indoor/outdoor American Shorthair?

Asked by Member 962763 on Feb 11th 2010 in Health & Wellness
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The average lifespan of a indoor cat is 15 years old, give or take a year. Indoor cats I've known have been 19 and 20 years old. If the cat is kept indoors and of course has it's shots and wellness exams. Outdoor cats, feral, have a life expantency of 5 years.

Rex answered on 2/11/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Again, are you referring to the breed known as American Shorthair, or a generic moggy (aka domestic short hair)? The American Shorthair is known for being hardy and having a long lifespan, up to 20 years. If you are referring to a generic moggy, they can live just as long. But the keys to a long lifespan are regular health checkups, diet, and, above all, making your cat an indoor only kitty. Even an indoor kitty can get adequate stimulation from watching the great outdoors outside the window (from a cat tree or a perch), lots of attention, and play time. If you are really concerned about prolonging your cat's life, indoors is the way to go. Take it from those of us who have had cats who disappeared into the night, been run over, or caught fatal diseases from other cats (vaccinations are not 100% foolproof). Do consider making your cat an indoor only kitty. And if he/she isn't desexed, that will help curb the desire to go outdoors. Good luck.

Lola answered on 2/12/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer