Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats

September 6, 2013 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

While the decision whether to have an indoor cat or an outdoor cat is a personal decision, here’s one of the facts to consider. The lifespan of a feline mainly depends on whether they are an indoor or outdoor cat. A cat’s life expectancy has greatly increased over the years, but there is still a large gap between that of an indoor cat and that of an outdoor cat.

An indoor kitty’s life expectancy mirrors that of a small dog. Most cats that have been kept inside live on average about 10-15 years. On the other hand, the average lifespan of an outdoor cat drops significantly to about 4-5 years. Despite the association, there are a number of variables at play: level of vet care, quality of diet, exposure to diseases, and trauma deaths such as getting hit by a car or attacked by another animal.

Taylor E, Adams C, Neville R. Some nutritional aspects of ageing in dogs and cats. Proceedings of the Nutritional Society. 54: 645-656.

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