6 Reasons Why Healthy Cats Live Longer Lives

According to studies, pets are living longer lives. According to the ASPCA, the average indoor cat lives anywhere from 13-17 years, which is much longer than past years. But cats can live even longer than this with the right care, which includes everything from regular veterinary visits to exercise and play time to a heathy diet. Read on for 6 easy ways to help your beloved cat live a long, happy, and healthy life by your side.

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Vaccines Prevent Disease

Regular check-ups over the years include the following: kittens should be seen three to four times during the first year, adult cats (up to around seven to eight years) should be seen annually for a yearly check-up, booster vaccines, and preventative check-ups for diseases, and seniors cats (10 years or older) should be seen twice a year for well-checks. Cats with chronic diseases prone to older cats should be seen on a regular basis.

Spay/Neutering Boosts Life Span

Researchers have also found that the longevity of your cat’s life can be extended by spaying and neutering your pet. The procedure has given cats 62% longer lives than an un-neutered male and 39% longer than an un-spayed female.

Active Cats Stay Svelte

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It’s also important to maintain a healthy weight by controlling food portions and engaging your cat in regular exercise every day. “Fifty-four percent of cats in the U.S. are obese or overweight, which can lead to other health problems like kidney, liver, heart, and pancreatic disease,” according to research by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.

Healthy Food=Healthy Cats

Cats should be fed quality, age-specific food high in protein and moisture content so they get the necessary amount of water within their food, says Renegade Health. Even with moist food, make sure to have clean fresh water daily, as some cats may be picky and won’t drink stale water.

Indoor Cats Avoid Danger

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Also, make sure to keep your cats indoors more often than not unless supervised, take care of their teeth to prevent bacteria build-up, and groom them on a regular basis to decrease hair around the house and in your cat’s stomach.

Happy Cats Have Less Stress

Lastly, just like humans, cats need that lifelong relationship with their owners. So make sure to give your kitty the love and care they need by keeping them happy, playing with them, giving them treats, reducing stress, and letting them know you’ll be there for them.

Additional Resources:

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  • 7 Reasons Why Feeding Your Cat Correctly Is More Complicated Than You Think
  • 11 Physical Conditions in Cats That Need Swift Attention From A Vet
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