Although most cats live for 10-14 years or so on average, some breeds of cats do live longer than others. Today, our Glendale 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's difficult to know how long a cat will live because there are many factors to consider. Nature vs nurture is a big one that can affect certain breeds differently. Underlying conditions and unexpected illness can of course alter a cat's lifespan, which is why getting your older cat regular senior care is so important.

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

How long do Siamese cats live?

As its name suggests, the Siamese cat originated from Thailand (formerly known as Siam). Siamese cats are quite popular because they are sociable, playful, and entertaining. It's possible to train Siamese cats because of their intelligent nature. They can be trained to walk on a harness and do lots of 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 somewhat new breed known for their dwarfism. They are an energetic, fun-loving breed and well-known for speed despite having noticeably short legs. These cats can be born with one of 3 different leg lengths, known as standard length (the tallest), super short (second tallest), and the shortest length known as 'rug huggers'.

This breed will usually live up to 15 years old.

How long do Balinese cats live?

Some hold the belief that the Balinese cat is a descendant of the Siamese cat. The Balinese's physical traits are similar to a Siamese, but differ when it comes to their fur. Balinese cats have a longer coat length, for example. Balinese cats are fun cats to have as pets because they are known for being outgoing, affectionate, active, intelligent, agile, and 'chatty'.

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

How long do Ragdoll cats live?

The Ragdoll cat is another relatively new breed that can be dated back to the early 1960s. A Ragdoll cat has long silky fur, similar to a Persian cat. As the name would suggest, the Ragdoll cat is laid-back and easy-going, and can become limp when you pick it up, just like a ragdoll. These cats are very friendly, even with strangers. They are also gentle and love to just lounge 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 very energetic and very playful and very friendly around their owners and strangers. These cute little companions love children, thus making them an ideal breed for a family cat.

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 Glendale vets who can share some advice and help you pick out the right cat for you.