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Cat Breeds That Live the Longest

Although most cats live for 10-14 years or so on average, some breeds of cats do live longer than others. Today, our Riverside County 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 is quite difficult to determine how long a cat will live as there are many factors to consider. Nature vs nurture is a big determining factor that can affect certain breeds differently. Underlying conditions and unexpected illness can of course alter a cat's life span, which is why getting your older cat regular geriatric care is so important.

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


The Siamese cat was developed in Thailand (formerly Siam), as its name would imply. Due to their sociability, playfulness, and entertainment value, Siamese cats have grown to be quite popular. Because Siamese cats are intelligent, they can be trained. They are capable of being taught numerous tricks, including harness walking.

How long do Siamese cats live?

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.


The dwarfism of Munchkin cats makes them a relatively new breed. Although the breed's legs are noticeably short, it is known for its speed and is an energetic, fun-loving breed. Three different leg lengths—standard length (tallest), super short (second tallest), and the shortest length—known as "rug huggers"—can be present at birth in these cats.

How long do Munchkin cats live?

This breed will usually live up to 15 years old.


Some people think the Siamese cat and the Balinese cat are related. The Siamese cat's physical characteristics are shared by the Balinese, but their fur is different. Comparatively speaking, Siamese cats' coats are shorter than Balinese cats. Being outgoing, affectionate, active, intelligent, agile, and "chatty," Balinese cats are entertaining to have as pets.

How long do Balinese cats live?

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


The Ragdoll cat is another relatively new cat breed, dating back to the early 1960s. A Ragdoll cat, like a Persian cat, has long, silky fur. The Ragdoll cat, as the name implies, is laid-back and easy-going, and, like a ragdoll, can become limp when picked up. Ragdoll cats are extremely friendly to strangers. They are also gentle and enjoy lounging around the house.

How long do Ragdoll cats live?

Despite their soft look, these cats are quite the tough and healthy breed that can live up to 15-25 years.


Burmese cats are medium in size and have lovely short coats. They are high-energy cats who are playful and friendly with both their owners and strangers. These adorable companions adore children and are an excellent breed for a family pet.

How long do Burmese cats live?

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

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