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The Average Lifespan of a Cat: Breed by Breed Chart

From Siamese to Domestic Cat Breeds

By March 04, 2014 | See Comments

Old cat sitting on stone steps

Cats come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. As such, different cat breeds have different life expectancies. The average lifespan of a cat depends on a lot of variables -- from diet and exercise to their overall health to their breed. To get a better idea of your cat’s expected lifespan, check out this list of cat breeds and average ages.

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, Revolution for cats, or Advantage Multi 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.

Breed

Average Lifespan (Years)

Abyssinian

9-15

American Bobtail

13-15

American Curl

15+

American Shorthair

15-20

American Wirehair

7-12

Australian Mist

14-19

Balinese

18-22

Bengal

12-16

Birman

12-16

Blue Chartreux

12-15

Bombay

15-20

British Shorthair

12+

Burmese

16-18

Burmilla

10-15

California Spangled

9-16

Ceylon

~15

Chantilly-Tiffany

14-16

Colorpoint Shorthair

12-16

Cornish Rex

11-15

Cymric

8-14

Devon Rex

9-15

Domestic

12-14

Egyptian Mau

13-16

European Shorthair

15-22

Exotic Shorthair

12-14

German Rex

9-14

Havana Brown

12-15

Himalayan

15+

Japanese Bobtail

15-18

Javanese

10-15

Korat

15+

LaPerm

10-15

Maine Coon

12-15

Manx

8-14

Munchkin

12-14

Nebelung

15-18

Norwegian Forest

14-16

Ocicat

10-15

Oriental

10-15

Persian

15+

Pixiebob

~12

Ragdoll

12-17

Russian Blue

15-20

Scottish Fold

~15

Selkirk Rex

10-15

Siamese

15-20

Siberian

11-15

Singapura

9-15

Snowshoe

12-15

Sokoke

9-15

Somali

10-12

Sphynx

13-15

Tonkinese

10-16

Turkish Angora

12-18

Turkish Van

12-17

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