How old is the oldest cat you have ever seen?

United States
January 18, 2007 4:19pm CST
Our cat is around 12 years old and I have started to see her slow down. Not that she was a powerhouse of energy to begin with. My wife asked me how long I thought she would live and I said five years. Our cat looked up at me as if she were saying "What, that's it?" I felt bad saying that but it is what I feel. So tell me, what is the oldest cat you have ever seen?
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@dodoguy (1297)
• Australia
19 Jan 07
A cat's longevity is pretty much determined by the same things as human longevity (and any other animal, actually). My family has a farming history, and we had one gorgeous cat named Smokey who could single-handedly bring down a Mallee Bull. She lived the country life, full of vigor and energy - never a dull moment. She also had a prodigious reproductive rate - your moggy is probably one of her descendants. Must have borne at least 20,000 offspring in her lifetime. But to cut a long story short - she ate mostly natural foods, real fresh like, and got lots of sunshine, fresh country air and exercise. And she finally croaked at the age of 26 from an artificially administered euthanising device - which was necessary at that time as the poor thing had grown a huge cancer on her head. I should point out two things here - 1. Smokey was still having kittens right up until the last moment - she was THAT healthy. 2. If you want to give your cats cancer and/or see them die at half their life expectancy - just feed them canned cat food, that'll do the trick every time. And if you hadn't woken up to it yet - precisely the same considerations apply to humans. Our ACTUAL life expectancy should be around 150 or so. Where is it in reality? And always keep this firmly in mind - the average lifespan of an American doctor is 56 years. Do you REALLY want to be placing your life in these people's hands?
• United States
20 Jan 07
Wow 26! That definitely says something for life in the country! I have always heard that cats live to be in the 20's but I always thought early 20's like 21 or 22. When you get a cat it is a big commitment since they live so long. You have to ask yourself, what am I going to be doing in 20 years, and will I still be able to give this cat the love they deserve?
@Poison86 (121)
• Bulgaria
20 Jan 07
18 years old,I was amazed when I asked the owner.
@missybal (4492)
• United States
19 Jan 07
One that was 20 years old, at least that is what I was told and it was a big cat! I don't know for sure if that is true, but as I said that is what I was told.
@Geminigirl (1909)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Our oldest cat was about 16-17 years old. She was mine when I was younger, and then she became my Mom's. She had some stomach troubles and had to be put to sleep. It was so sad, she was a great cat, and missed big time!!
19 Jan 07
I had an outdoor cat that lived to be 16. I was 9 when I got her and she just had to be put down due to health issues last year. My friends grandpa's cat lived until it was 21.
@lsen06 (5006)
• India
19 Jan 07
my mother had a cat of 16 years.
@rainbow (6763)
19 Jan 07
My Polly-cat is 11 and really getting very lazy bless her. My friends mum who seemed to have their cat all the time we were growing up swears she was nearly 17 so you never know, could have a good few year left, hope so anyway.
@24tanmay (68)
• India
19 Jan 07
U hv gr8 feeling for cats.But i don't like cats.
@lauriefnp (5113)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I'm so happy to see all of the posts about cats living 18, 19, 20+ years! I'm in the same position as you are; my cat is going to be 11 soon, and I dread the day that he is no longer with me. He has been the best pet imaginable, and I can't imagine him not being a part of the family. He's an indoor cat, and very healthy, so I hope to have him for another 10 years. He's still got a lot of energy (when he wants to), but like yours he's slowing down. I've noticed that he is a little more cautious when he's going to jump up on something; I think maybe his eyesight or his depth perception is starting to get bad. But overall he's in great shape, and I'll spoil him every day for the rest of his life!
@pendragon (3354)
• United States
19 Jan 07
One of my cats was 16 when she passed away, I believe that's the oldest one I have ever seen or been aware of.
@blanksolid (1635)
• Spain
19 Jan 07
Cats usually live between ten and fifteen years more or less, i have seen many cats on my village, i dont know how years they are but i think that there is one that is more than fifteen years old, have a nice day on mylot and happy earnings also.
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
19 Jan 07
My sister's cat will be 14 years old in April and he is still going as strong as ever.
@miryam (6510)
• Italy
19 Jan 07
I know that we should not joke have the dog of 12 years, but the first thing I have thought to has been the cat with the boots, excuse. I have had some cats, but they have never passed the 6 years, cars have killed them, but I hear about a friend of mine who has a 16 year cat.
@mouse69 (624)
19 Jan 07
i am not sure how old the oldest cat i have ever seen was, i think it would be a cat i saw on holiday, it looked very old and was quite fat, it moved very slowly and was sat in the sun keeping warm.
@dadacute (10)
• Philippines
19 Jan 07
15 years old.
• United States
19 Jan 07
My cat passed away last year and he was about 16-17 years old. He was the best cat i have ever had!
• Philippines
19 Jan 07
12
@buenavida (7796)
• Sweden
19 Jan 07
Cats live a rather dangerous life if they are outdoors but I think they are happier when they can be out in the nature and do things that are natural for cats. I have seen some cats that were about 20 years old so it may be the average lifetime for those who do not die in accidents.
• United States
19 Jan 07
My beloved cat lived 18 years. It depends on the overall health of your cat. Proper nutrition and exercise adds alot. Is she strictly housecat or does she venture outdoors? Going outside gives them sunshine and fresh grass to nible on which is beneficial, but there are also dangers, fights w/ other cats, dogs, cars, etc. Quality care and regular visits to the vet and add years to her life.
@Sarah1977 (496)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I used to work as a home care assistant for elderly people. One woman that I worked for had 2 cats. One was 22 years old, and the other was 20. She obviously took very good care of them. They both had a lot of health problems, but she never failed to spend whatever it cost to buy their medications and take them to the vet. They were literally like her children.