Cat Longevity and the Ultimate Test?

I’ve been thinking about cat longevity. We had cats when I was a kid, and none of them made it past about eleven. I thought then that was how long they lived. After all, it was a lot longer than most of the dogs I knew. As an adult, my husband and I adopted a half-dozen rescues. They lived longer. One made it to 19, a couple to 18, but many died at 14 or 15. They all succumbed to one disease or another, cancer, diabetes, kidney failure and one from a completely mysterious ailment. It was heartbreaking.

Cats should be living longer than this. At least into their twenties. I think the record is 37 years. It depends partly on genetics, but their overall health is the biggest factor. I’m optimistic that our current clowder will do better. They will be healthier as a result of being fed a nutritionally-balanced raw cat food diet. Two have eaten raw food for cats from the time they were adopted as kittens. The rest ate “regular” food for a very short time. Our oldest are well over a decade old. I’m hoping it will be a while before I see the long term results. It is my wish to have the same cats in 2029!

I’ve been thinking about cat longevity. We had cats when I was a kid, and none of them made it past about eleven. I thought then that was how long they lived. After all, it was a lot longer than most of the dogs I knew. As an adult, my husband and I adopted a half-dozen rescues. They lived longer. One made it to 19, a couple to 18, but many died at 14 or 15. They all succumbed to one disease or another, cancer, diabetes, kidney failure and one from a completely mysterious ailment. It was heartbreaking.

Cats should be living longer than this. At least into their twenties. I think the record is 37 years. It depends partly on genetics, but their overall health is the biggest factor. I’m optimistic that our current clowder will do better. They will be healthier as a result of being fed a nutritionally-balanced raw cat food diet. Two have eaten raw food for cats from the time they were adopted as kittens. The rest ate “regular” food for a very short time. Our oldest is well over a decade old. I’m hoping it will be a while before I see the long term results. It is my wish to have the same cats in 2029!

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