EXCERPT FROM "CAT CRAZY NEWSLETTER"
DR. JON, DVM
People often ask me: "How Long will My Cat Live?"
Recently, I saw a client with a 22-year old cat. If I didn't know how old this cat was, I'd guess he was 10-years-old.
Today cats live longer than ever. Just 20 years ago the life expectancy of a cat was four to six years; today they live 15 years or more. Life expectancy in cats depends on many things, but the most important factor is whether he is an indoor-only cat or an outdoor cat. Life expectancy varies significantly between the two.
Indoor cats generally live from 12-18 years of age. Many may live to be in their early 20s. The oldest reported cat was 28 years old at the time of death.
Outdoor cats generally live to be around four to five years of age. Their deaths are typically due to traumas such as being hit by a car, predators, and dog attacks. Outdoor cats are also more susceptible to several deadly viruses that are spread by fighting or prolonged intimate contact with an infected cat.
Keep your cat healthy by feeding a high quality diet, providing routine vaccinations and physical examinations.
If money is tight and you are not sure if you will have the money for routine examinations (or even worse unexpected illnesses), then I recommend Pet Insurance. A pet insurance policy, will generally cover wellness exams as well as unexpected illnesses. If you don't have pet insurance, it is a good idea to learn more about the benefits of pet insurance. Go to www.petinsurance.com
Well, I hope your cat lives a long and healthy life. That is one of the reasons why I take the time and energy to write this newsletter and why I started Petplace.com. My goal is to share with you practical information that will help keep your cat happy, healthy and alive longer!
From: Dr. Jon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sent: Wed 9/24/08 9:25 AM