It's important to have a long-lived, healthy best friend. While many cats are long-lived, there are some cat breeds that really stand out as long-lived companions. There's no guarantee that your cat will live into their 20s. But picking a healthy, long-lived cat breed and then taking great care of your cat means you might have a loving lap-warmer for many years.
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The striking Siamese cat is a beautifully unique breed that has fascinated people for centuries. Originally from Thailand, the breed was exported in the 1800s and became a favorite worldwide. The Siamese’s lanky stature and distinct seal point markings are characteristic of the breed, as is its social, vocal behavior.
Some Siamese lines are more prone to dental and upper respiratory complications, but the Siamese otherwise has no major health concerns. Their average lifespan is 15 to 20 years.
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The Burmese, originally a cross between a little brown cat from Burma and Siamese cats, is a stocky, solid chocolate colored cat. The Burmese is playful and social, and a happy indoor adventurer.
Though she’s generally healthy, the Burmese does have a predisposition to cranial deformities and may be prone to developing glaucoma. Despite these concerns, the Burmese’s average lifespan is still 16 to 18 years.
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The half-wild Savannah cat—part African serval, part domestic cat—is a spectacle of a cat recommended only for experienced owners. Their behavior is bold, confident and social. Despite not being fully domesticated, the Savannah cat is friendly with people. However, they tend to have behavioral concerns and unpredictable temperaments. Due to the breed being relatively new, there isn’t a lot of information about health predispositions, but the estimated average lifespan is 17 to 20 years.
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Named for their presence in 1550 B.C. Egyptian art, the Egyptian Mau is an exotically beautiful cat with a characteristically spotted coat. This ancient, royal breed is very comfortable with people, making themselves an integral part of the family and expecting to be treated as such. With such a long lineage, we can pretty confidently state that the average lifespan of the Egyptian Mau is 16 to 18 years and that their only potential health proclivity is heart disease.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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The floppy, easygoing Ragdoll is a dream come true for someone looking for a lap-cat. Her medium-length coat is downy and requires minimal grooming. Large and in charge, this cat is naturally bigger in stature. Her average lifespan is 15 to 19 years. Ragdolls may have urinary concerns, so you should be sure she stays hydrated and eats a diet optimized to balance urine pH.
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This long breed was named after the regal dancers of Bali. The Balinese likely originated as a spontaneous, long-haired mutation of the Siamese. The only major difference between the two breeds is the coat length. As such, the Balinese is also friendly and chatty, often a good playmate for kiddos who know how to interact with cats appropriately. The Balinese’s average lifespan is an incredible 18 to 22 years!
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Popular with people who have mild cat allergies, the Russian Blue is a kitty with low dander and oil production that makes him less allergenic. The short, fluffy silver-blue coat also sheds less often. The Russian Blue has an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years, but frequently suffers from eye problems like glaucoma, cataracts, infections, and retinal problems.
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The Bombay was bred with the intention of looking like a miniature panther, and he doesn’t disappoint. Their characteristic sleek, black coat and golden eyes are reminiscent of their namesake, the black panther from Bombay (now Mumbai), India. The Bombay has a short muzzle so he may have some respiratory problems and excessively watery eyes, but is generally healthy with an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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The gentle, loving American Shorthair is a popular breed among families with children because of her playful and easygoing temperament. Her coat has a beautiful tiger-striped pattern that comes in a number of colors, and she’s generally healthy. The American Shorthair has an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years.
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The quirky, alienlike hairless Sphynx is a needy and loving cat, popular with people who have allergies only to cat fur. Many people assume that because Sphynxes have no fur, they are better for those with allergies, but the Sphynx produces excess oils and dander because its skin is exposed to the elements and can actually cause more allergic reactions.
The Sphynx can be high-maintenance when it comes to care; being hairless means Sphynxes often need to wear something to keep warm during the winter, and they need to be bathed often because of the excess oils. Otherwise, Sphynxes are relatively healthy with an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years.
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Known for its little tail (or lack thereof), the Manx is a spunky cat and a good choice for an intermediate cat owner who’s up for the occasional challenge. The Manx is intelligent and playful, often getting into mischief to entertain himself if not given appropriate outlets.
The mutation that causes the Manx to be born without a tail can also cause a spinal disorder called Manx Syndrome; they’re also prone to arthritis and bridging spondylosis. However, if you find a healthy Manx you can expect him to stick around for 14 to 16 years.
Overall, cats live abundantly long lives and have graced human lives for as long as 30-plus years. As long as you feed your cat a healthy diet, monitor her health, and keep her in tip-top shape, you can expect her to stick around for a good, long time.