I just wondered how long on average do cats live for roughly as my cat = Josie is 10 years old and wondered if she is almost at the stage now = where I should be giving her extra care? she is just as wild as ever, = showing no problems really.
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Heather
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Indoor only cats live, on average, about 15 years, I believe. Over 10 years, they are considered geriatric and should have blood work once yearly along with their shots and a physical. (many cats live longer than 15 years) Gail
I just wondered how long on average do cats live for roughly as my cat Josie is 10 years old and wondered if she is almost at the stage now where I should be giving her extra care? she is just as wild as ever, showing no problems really.
regards
Heather

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I just wondered how long on average do cats live for roughly as my cat = Josie is 10 years ... should be giving her extra care? she is just as wild as ever, = showing no problems really. regards Heather

My vet said years ago, age 7 was considered "senior citizen". But not any more! At age 10, your cat could be with you another 10 years, I've heard many cats who have lived to be 20. My oldest one died at 17. As far as your question about extra care, why not take her in some time for an overall health evaluation, and your vet can help you with any special needs she might have. Other than that, (personally) I think nutrition is the most important thing with an indoor cat.
Good luck for many more years with your kitty.
Sherry
I just wondered how long on average do cats live for roughly as my cat Josie is 10 years old and wondered if she is almost at the stage now where I should be giving her extra care? she is just as wild as ever, showing no problems really.
regards
Heather
Your cat is considered to be a "senior" at that age, but I had a cat that lived to be just a little less than 20 years and he did not start to show any real signs of aging until he was 18. He declined rapidly after that, and we made a great many visits to TED during his last year-and-a-half. My Holly will be 9 years old in June and, like yours, shows no signs of slowing down. Nevertheless, It is important at this age for you to have Josie's health evaluated, get a full blood panel workup, and ask your vet to discuss any changes that should be made in your cat's diet or routine.

MaryL
I just wondered how long on average do cats live for roughly as my cat Josie is 10 years old and wondered if she is almost at the stage now where I should be giving her extra care? she is just as wild as ever, showing no problems really.
regards
Heather

Depends on lots of factors. But so far, my cats - who've died - have lived to be 16 & 17. Cats can live to be 20 or older, though - certainly not unheard of. The ones I presently have are 5 & 12. They're inside cats, so road accidents, etc. won't be factors, but age-related diseases will likely be. I think 10's a good age at which to have geriatric bloodwork done at the annual vet trip, to catch any of the age-related diseases early.

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circa Sat, 14 Feb 2004 10:55:26 -00, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Heather-SCOTGIRL (Email Removed) said,
I just wondered how long on average do cats live for roughly as my cat = Josie is 10 years ... where I should be giving her extra care? she is just as wild as ever, = showing no problems really.

She likely has plenty of good years left in her, but you should also probably start considering her to be a senior cat at this point and doing things like getting annual geriatric workups.

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I just wondered how long on average do cats live for roughly as my cat Josie is 10 years old and wondered if she is almost at the stage now where I should be giving her extra care? she is just as wild as ever, showing no problems really.

I'd say the average lifespan for an indoor cat is probably 15 to 17 years or more. With proper nutrition and veterinary care, indoor cats can live into their 20s. Most of my cats lived into their late teens and early twenties.
Cats over 10 should have semiannual* exams at the very least, and after 12, *three exams a year at the very least .
Remember, after the first year, each human year is physiologically equivalent to four years for a cat. That's why many owners are shocked when their vet finds a tumor the size of golf ball or that their cat is in the advanced stages of a disease which there were no signs of at the previous year's exam.
Phil
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Oldest cat I have known was thought to be about 24. The people had her for 22.5 years - and she was an adult when they found her.

-L.
circa 15 Feb 2004 12:10:22 -0800, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, -L. (k3 (Email Removed)) said,
Oldest cat I have known was thought to be about 24. The people had her for 22.5 years - and she was an adult when they found her.

Some acquaintances of mine currently have one that is 23 or 24. She's half-blind, senile and weighs about as much as a sparrow, but she's a sweet (and healthy) little thing.
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