Many pet owners wonder how long their animals will live. The answer depends on a number of factors: genetics, your cat’s medical history, quality of veterinary care, environment, diet, and their activity level. There have been a number of veterinary advances over the past years that are allowing pets to live longer. A cat that is well cared for and kept inside on a good diet can live a healthy life of at least fifteen years.
Many cats live as long as twenty years and some live as long as thirty years. Genetics play a large role in how long your Ragdoll cat will live. Ragdolls are hearty breed and do not suffer from genetic defects. Some cat breeds that are selectively bred are more prone to illness and live shorter lives as a result.
Keeping your Ragdoll indoors at all times lowers the risk for disease and accidental death. Outdoor cats are at risk for accidental death from traffic, poisoning, or attack by another animal. Outdoor cats are also at risk from parasites and other diseases. Neutering or spaying your Ragdoll is one thing you can do that will improve your cat’s lifespan by reducing the risks for certain types of cancer.
Diet is another factor that affects your cat’s longevity. If overfed, your cat will be at risk for diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, liver disease, and any number of related illnesses. An overweight cat will not live as long as the same cat at a healthy body weight. If you are concerned about your cat’s weight consult your veterinarian about a feeding regiment tailored to maintain a healthy body weight.
The best thing you can do for your Ragdoll cat is to visit your veterinarian on a regular basis for all of the regularly scheduled checkups and vaccinations. Early detection and prevention are the best way to avoid medical conditions that could reduce your Ragdoll’s lifespan.