Although most cats live for 10-14 years or so on average, some breeds of cats do live longer than others. Today, our Ruckersville vets list some breeds of cats that tend to live longer lives so you can have your feline companion for many years to come.

What cat breeds live the longest?

It is quite difficult to determine how long a cat will live as there are many factors to consider. Nature vs nurture is a big determining factor that can affect certain breeds differently. Underlying conditions and unexpected illness can of course alter a cat's life span, which is why getting your older cat regular geriatric care is so important.

Assuming a cat lives a long and healthy life, our Ruckersville vets share 5 of the best cat breeds that have a longer lifespan.

How long do Siamese cats live?

As the name implies, the Siamese cat originated in Thailand. Because of their sociability, playfulness, and entertainment value, Siamese cats have gained in popularity. Siamese cats are trainable due of their intelligence. They may be taught to walk on a leash and do various tricks.

Siamese cats tend to live up to 15 years on average, but it is not unheard of for them to live to be 20 years old.

How long do Munchkin cats live?

Munchkin cats are a new breed that stands out due to their dwarfism. Despite its tiny legs, the active, fun-loving breed is recognized for its quickness. These cats can have one of three leg lengths at birth: regular length (the tallest), very short (second tallest), or rug huggers (the shortest).

This breed will usually live up to 15 years old.

How long do Balinese cats live?

Some say the Balinese cat is a descendant of the Siamese cat. The Balinese resemble Siamese cats in appearance, but their fur is distinct. Balinese cats have a larger coat length than Siamese cats. Balinese cats make wonderful companions because they are friendly, affectionate, active, bright, nimble, and 'chatty.'

A healthy Balinese cat can live between 18 and 22 years old.

How long do Ragdoll cats live?

The Ragdoll cat is yet another new breed, dating back to the early 1960s. Ragdoll cats have long, silky fur, similar to Persian cats. The Ragdoll cat is, as the name suggests, laid-back and easygoing, and, like a rag doll, can become limp when lifted up. Ragdoll cats are very welcoming to newcomers. They are also gentle and like to relax around the house.

Despite their soft look, these cats are quite the tough and healthy breed that can live up to 15-25 years.

How long do Burmese cats live?

Burmese cats are medium-sized and have lovely short coats. They are lively cats who are playful and friendly with their owners as well as outsiders. These beautiful companions like youngsters and would make a terrific family pet.

There is a record of a Burmese cat who lived to be 35 years old. Most Burmese cats don't live to be this long of course, but they do have an impressive lifespan of 18 to 25 years.

Are you looking to add a cat to the family and would like some more information? Contact our Ruckersville vets who can share some advice and help you pick out the right cat for you.