Just like dogs, cats come in a number of different breeds, each with their own unique set of characteristics. Some cat breeds are big, some are fluffy, some are short, some are bald -- cats run the gamut. And, just like dogs, different cat breeds have different life expectancies. While a number of cat breeds are expected to live to be around 12 years of age, others routinely make it into their 20s. That’s a pretty big gap!
Your cat's lifespan is more likely to be affected by their diet, lifestyle, and whether or not they are on flea, tick or heartworm meds like Heartgard or Revolution for cats. That said, their breed’s average lifespan can be a handy piece of information to have. Here are the average lifespans of some of the most popular cat breeds.