The RSPCA is urging people to consider the long-term commitment of owning a cat, which on average live for 14 years.
There are an estimated 10. Million cats in the UK, cats are a popular choice for many and can make great pets.
A study funded by the RSPCA, published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery showed that on average crossbreed cats live longer than purebred with 14 years, and pure breeds 12.5 years.
Whether a crossbreed of a purebred cat, it’s important to consider their average overall lifespan when taking on the commitment of owning a cat.
The study also revealed that a cat’s lifespan is reduced by six months for every 1kg increase in adult body weight. It showed that the most common cause of death for cats was trauma with 12.2% followed closely by kidney disease at 12.1%.
RSPCA scientific officer, Jane Tyson, said: “Crossbreds may be living longer than purebreds because of the genetics, as certain breeds can be more prone to particular illnesses. The large variation in average lifespan of purebred cats could relate to their body weight, with lighter breeds having greater longevity than heavier breeds.
“It was also interesting to see that kidney disease is the second biggest cause of death of cats, closely behind trauma. Some owners fear that their cat may be hit by a car, but the study shows they are almost just as likely to develop kidney disease.
“This is a timely reminder to ensue your cat has regular health checks so that any illnesses can be picked up quickly. It is also important that your cat has up-to-date vaccinations, as well as being microchipped.”