Cat Life Expectancy

Reason for our indoor only adoption policy

  • 3 years – life expectancy of Feral Cats
  • 6 years – life expectancy of indoor cats allow to go outdoors
  • 16 years – life expectancy of Indoor only cats

Feral Cat Lifespan

The reason for Feral’s short-lived expectation is easy to infer.  They are exposed to potentially harmful elements and other animals 24/7, 365 days of each life year.  Food sources of small animals, rodents may be infected by ticks, fleas, parasites, protozoans or poisoned. Predators are everywhere, big birds of prey, coyotes and stray dogs.  They are the chief cause of death.  The proportion of deaths by Predators is slightly higher than that of car deaths.  Successfully escaping predators, dangerous weather, vehicles and diseases is dependent on how developed the cats innate skills are honed.  In addition, minor illnesses flu, cold, worms infestation, parasites easy to solve with medical care may equate to earlier death. 

Indoor Cat with Outdoor Privileges Lifespan

What is the reason indoor cat with outdoor privileges lifespan is 10 years shorten then if the cat is kept completely indoors?  Whenever they leave home, they face the same risk depicting of a wild cat’s life.  The top circumstance of dying of these cats is vehicular deaths, follow by predators primarily Large Birds and Coyotes.  Whenever a cat leaves home for outdoor, the risk of car run over increases.  Coyotes, large birds, are often trying to find food. Sooner or later the cat will be caught by a predator or run over. Predators and cars are not the only risk, outdoors increases the probability of infestation of worms, fleas, ticks, particularly if they catch and eat small animals and birds.   This requires monthly worming, monthly tick and flea management due to the outside privileges.

Exclusively Indoor Cat Lifespan

Indoor cats are the healthiest cats in the world.  The pet parents of these cats are more than likely to provide regular health checks, keep the pet child immunization UTD equally important spayed or neutered the pet child.  Their exposure to ticks, fleas, worms and parasites is minimum with few exceptions when a companion pet friend probably a dog needs outdoor privilege, pet cousins or pet friends visit, home with available rodents, or the sad situation when their family is a hoarder or the home is nasty. The hoarding home are worse living situations for pet children health.  Keeping the cat exclusively indoors is the benefit of the average of 10 additional years of companionship.

At Kezkatz our desire for cat is to have a long healthy lifetime.  This blog information is from research, rescue experience, foster experience, medical experience, including surgical procedures are the sources we have formulated our policy of adoptions.   Please read our blog of onychectomy and Spaying/ neutering. 

Our Adoption Policy –   The adopter agrees to provide a non-declaw inside only home.   If the cat needs a new home, the adopter agrees re-home with the same quality or a better home with the same status of no-declaw indoor only home.  Adopter is welcome to contact Kezkatz for assistance for rehoming.    We are available for advice and help for a cat’s life.