How long can cats live? Average cat lifespan
I can already hear you say, “But my cat …”. These numbers are all averages. My cat, Klesko, has always been an outdoor cat and she is 15 years old.
Of course there are always outliers in the averages when we look at how long cats live. The Guinness Book of World Records states that the oldest documented cat age was achieved by Creme Puff, a cat who died in Austin, Texas at the age of 38 years and 3 days, an enormous and almost incomprehensible age. The age of the “current” oldest living cat is more variable because this information can age at any given time.
If I look at the information from recent years, I see that the age of the “current” oldest cat varies from 23 to 36 years. In the past ten years, the oldest still living cat is 29.857 years old. Who is the current record holder? Instead of risking having outdated information in our article, we recommend that you consult the Guinness website. Their webpage “Oldest Cat Living” states, quite rightly, that the current record holder has a flexible and changeable position.
Another way to answer the question “How long do cats live?” Is by looking at the other aging ratios of pets and humans. In other words we can ask “How old is my cat in” human years “?”.
A commonly-used formula says that we need to multiply our cat’s age by five to get its age in “human years,” but this is not accurate because cats experience their entire childhood and much of their young adult life stage during the first year of their life.