How long did your oldest cat live? Or how old is your oldest cat ?

United States
May 25, 2008 8:39pm CST
I adopted a cat from a shelter many years ago when she was 12 years old . They were gonna put her to sleep because she had a cold . Needless to say I brought her home with me and she is now 19 years old . What is the common cat age? and how old are your oldest cats ?
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@ravinskye (8245)
• United States
26 May 08
we moved to a new house when i was 7. the people that lived there before us had a cat and since the cat had been there all its life, they left it there with us. it was 9 years old when we moved in. it lived to be almost 16 years old. i'm not sure what the common age is for a cat but i think 16 is pretty long.
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• United States
26 May 08
18 is a good age . i just hope my baby makes it to 20 years old . she has been blessed with good health so far
@anawar (2406)
• United States
27 May 08
The length of a cat's life varies by breed, temperment, and how many of their nine lives they have used up. I had this huge tom cat named Dancer. We got him from the shelter as well and he was the runt of the litter. He grew to be a fine tom cat who lived for 17 years. Props for you for adopting a cat that old from a shelter. I don't know many people who do that. You earned a star in the land of Catdom. lol
• United States
27 May 08
Thank you for the star( hehe) All i know is from the moment I saw her I had to have her . Shadow I dont think has used up many of her lives , she is the play it safe kinda gal ;)
@anawar (2406)
• United States
27 May 08
I don't think I've heard anyone refer to a cat as a gal. I love it. It sounds so cute. Hsve fun with your kitty. I keep wondering how she plays it safe?
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• United States
21 Jun 08
playing it safe hmm. staying out of trouble not fighting.
@jerzgirl (7663)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
26 May 08
I had one cat who was put to sleep when he was 18, but he had developed a type of senility where he knew he had to go to the bathroom, but would forget why he went outside, then come back inside, and then, oops, that's right, I need to go, and in and out and in and out. It got progressively worse, so my parents took him to the vet. I now have a cat who I think is 22. She was an adult cat with half grown kits when I got her. They'd all been abandoned by the people who'd rented the trailer I moved in to. That was December 1993. In 1996, I moved to NJ with kids and cats in tow. Shady got hit by a riding mower and began having seizures, so I took her to the emergency vet. He estimated her age to be 10 years. I still have her now, and she's almost as lively now as she was then. If she really is 22 years old, then she's the same age as my daughter who she adopted as her own when we got her. The youngest she would be is 19, if the vet was wrong. My cousin had a purebred Persian who lived to be 24. She couldn't even eat out of a dish because she was so inbred that her face was sunk in. So, she taught herself how to eat by scooping food up and eating it from her paw. I think it's really amazing she lived that long. I can't remember how Kris gave her water, but food she had to scoop.
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• United States
26 May 08
I love helping all types of cats who need a home. Shady sounds like a great cat and she is strong !! I know i have heard stories and i know my aunt had a cat till about 23 years old . Just the other day my dad said its rare for a cat to live past 17 and that didnt sound right to me .
@jerzgirl (7663)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
26 May 08
Shady is a good cat, although very destructive of furniture (always the good stuff, too - not the cheaper stuff. Guess she has good taste??) Right now, she and Chloe (age 8) stay in my mother's basement while I stay with Mom helping her. She can't be alone anymore, but I couldn't leave the cats alone at the apartment either. So, they're downstairs and and get visited every day. Shady knows, if I sit down, it's time for attention. She immediately climbs up into my lap and onto my chest (which is more shelf than not) and rubs me with her head and licks my hands, headbutts me once in a while, purring like crazy. Chloe, meanwhile, is winding herself around my legs, leaving so many of her hairs behind you'd think I was wearing fur chaps! But, they do love us and seem to be happy to be nearby rather than always alone. When they don't see us, they can hear us, which is better than total solitude.
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• United States
27 May 08
Yeah , my kittens have clawed apart many of my good things as well . It is almost like they know . It better that she is there and gets some loving and I am sure that does make her very happy. My one cat Prince will headbutt too and hard ! He is a silly little guy. Hmm , I dont think mine shed much.
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
26 May 08
My oldest cat is 13 years old. I adopted her 10 years ago. She was at a vet clinic and they had just spayed her. They told me she was 3 years old or a bit older. When i got her I had just had my appendix removed and she and i spent about a week in bed with her laying beside me. Both of us had stitches in our tummies and we werent very inclined to do much more than sleep. Seeing as shes a farm cat...I'm very surprised that I still have her. None of our other farm cats have lasted this long.
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• United States
27 May 08
Sounds like you and her bonded pretty fast. She sounds like a sweet heart. Maybe ever cat is different with a life span.
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
27 May 08
I think life spans do vary...also very Dependant on how smart an animal is about moving machinery and cars on a farm.
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• United States
3 Jul 08
the oldest cat i'd ever had lived to 1 week short of 23.on average,most of mine live to age 17 minimum. the ones i have currently are only 8 years old each,young'uns in comparison.
• United States
28 Jul 08
I have heard that most cats will live into their 20's.
@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
1 Jul 08
My oldest cat lived to be 14. I had him for 12 years. He developed water on and around his heart. I had to put him down. That was a bit over 5 years ago. He is still missed.
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• United States
3 Jul 08
aww, i am sorry . I still miss my childhood cat beanie too .
• United States
27 Jun 08
She was going to die over a cold? Wow! That's harsh. I'm happy that you were able to save her. I am sure she is grateful. My oldest cat is almost ten years old and still very vital and active. He and my other female cats are mates and have an adopted child, named "Little buddy". They are a sweet family. Little buddy is just a kitten.
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• United States
1 Jul 08
Yep , all she had was a cold. when I got her home I had to fatten her up some . All she needed was some tlc and few weeks later she put on weight . Aww, that is so cute with your cat family .
@luvstochat (6916)
• United States
26 May 08
Cats can live to be around 20 years of age depending on their living conditions. Female cats usaully live longer than male cats. Cats who are well cared for and have had their vaccinaitons will live longer too. My kitties are only 5 months old they will be with me for a long time I hope.
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• United States
26 May 08
she is healthy so i think she will make it to 20 . i have 4 kittens now . wait they are 10 months now . they grow up fast .
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@dodoguy (1297)
• Australia
26 May 08
Hi metschica25, My parents have had many cats over the years, often adopted strays, and most of them lived to around 10 or 11 years. The longest lived by far was a farm cat - born and raised on a farm, and then moved to a more urban environment. Her name was Smokey, and she lived to the ripe old age of about 25 or 26 - I forget exactly, but she was the same age as my sister. Smokey had to be put down because she developed a massive cancer tumor on her face. So if not for that, she'd probably still be kicking around the place.
• United States
26 May 08
wow that is a good age !! I hope my shadow doesnt get sick so far she has been very lucky .
@Cannonball (3639)
• France
24 Aug 08
I don't know about the common age but I can tell you mine lived until she was maybe 17 or 18 years old