Can cats live to be 20

@LaJenna (147)
United States
September 13, 2016 12:18pm CST
My one cat is 19 years old and has diabetes. I believe that the right type of cat food could help cats live longer. This is just my opinion about this topic. My pets are part of the family, and I will try the best I can so that they can live a long healthy life. I go to the doctor when i am sick, and i take them to the vet when I think they are sick.My one daughter has pets, and she gives them raw meat once a week, buys them mouth spray that will help their teeth and gums stay strong. People have been known to live longer due to people eating healthier these days.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
14 Sep 16
You must have looked after your cat very well for him to have reached that age.
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16 Sep 16
It's funny you should say that. We got our first cat as a kitten when I was seven. Although he had his kitten jabs {I assume} and was neutered, he never had annual boosters, wasn't insured, didn't need taking to the vet until the last few months of his life and - as Top Cat - seemed to spend a lot of his days fighting other cats. He even drank cow's milk regularly, and probably didn't have the best cat food because we could barely afford to feed ourselves, let alone the cat! He lived for nineteen and a half years. He was very well loved. :)
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
16 Sep 16
@Poppylicious Love goes a long way
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@LaJenna (147)
• United States
16 Sep 16
Yes, that cat has had much love and has been prayed for since he was a kitten. I believe him eating healthier foods along with prayer is why he is alive today. Pray he lives more healthy years. Thank you for your comment.
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@1creekgirl (11364)
• United States
13 Sep 16
Sounds like you take good care of your pets.We had a cat that lived about 24 years. It was sad though, because by then she was deaf, could barely see, and had lost half her tail years before.
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@owlwings (39601)
• Cambridge, England
13 Sep 16
A cat's normal lifespan is said to be 18 years, so if your cat is 19, he/she is doing pretty well. I hope that you are feeding him/her a specially designed high protein, low carb food. Do you have to give insulin injections? Unfortunately, especially with an old and very sick cat, the kindest option to consider is the terminal one but I hope that it hasn't come to that for you.
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@LaJenna (147)
• United States
13 Sep 16
Tinker is his name and is doing veery well. I use to feed him Freedom Blue Buffalo but he was not eating much of it so now he eats Avana a low glycemic kind of cat food. He is almost completely off insulin which he has been on for over 5 years. He is a part of the family. Thank you for commenting.
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@owlwings (39601)
• Cambridge, England
13 Sep 16
@LaJenna Sounds as though he's doing well. I'm sure that he knows very well on which side his bread is buttered and will live to a ripe old age! I haven't had much experience of diabetic cats but I've read about it and I know that it can be very uncomfortable for animals. I've had to have two pets - a cat and a dog - put down (both for cancer) and it's a very heart-wrenching decision to have to make but, thankfully, it can be made and on both occasions I was sure that it was for the best.
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16 Sep 16
Is that your cat? So cute!
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@LaJenna (147)
• United States
16 Sep 16
That is Zinger the cat that does not have diabetes. The diabetic cat is black with what wee call is wearing white socks. Thank you for commenting!
@Jackalyn (6684)
• Oxford, England
16 Sep 16
I hope mine will make it. At 13 she looks like a kitten and I do think cats are better looked after these days.
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@EddieHands (37815)
• United States
13 Sep 16
Well I am a cat. And I am already over 100. So that should tell you how long us cats live!
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@mpravomh (158)
• Bhubaneshwar, India
13 Sep 16
that is a nice thing :) but my last cat got married with some punk and left me alone ..and here i am .still thinking she might return one day ...and i will hug ..life before ....m so curious to know ...how she is today .wherever she maybe ..she must be happy .else she can return :) because i love her like same....you know pets get so close to ourself that we become like a family :) and everyone wants their family to stay together :)
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@IvySaysHi (4342)
• United States
13 Sep 16
Well that and technology has really advanced allowing for us to prolong our life spans
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@jstory07 (69099)
• Roseburg, Oregon
22 Sep 16
My other three cats lived too 22, 19 and 18 years. Patches is now 15 years old.