Top 12 Cat Breeds with the Longest Lifespans

Russian Blue:Russian Blues live around 18 years on average. These regal cats are known for their calm dispositions. They have short, silvery gray coats.

Persian:Persians live around 13.5 years on average. Health problems in Persians include dental disease, breathing problems, and brachycephalic airway syndrome.

Balinese:Balinese cats can live as long as 18-22 years on average. They’re very similar to Siamese cats in temperament, appearance, and health. 

Ragdoll:The average lifespan of a Ragdoll cat is 12-15 years. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is fairly common in the breed and should be screened for before breeding.

American Shorthair:American Shorthairs live around 15-20 years. They may suffer from health issues such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and hip dysplasia.

Burmese:Burmese cats live around 16-18 years. Although there’s rumored to be a Burmese who lived to be 35 years old, I wasn’t able to find a record of this personally!

Oriental Shorthair:Oriental Shorthairs live for approximately 12-15 years. They have large ears and pointy snouts that make them easy to differentiate from other cat breeds.

Savannah:Savannahs live around 12-15 years. These cats are illegal in some states (rightfully so!) as they’re serval and domestic cat hybrids that require special care–and, truly, aren’t ethically bred.

Egyptian Mau:Egyptian Maus live 12-16 years on average. They have an increased risk of heart disease, asthma, luxating patella, and trouble giving birth when compared to other breeds.

Manx:Manx cats live around 14 years on average. These cats are naturally tailless with round faces. They’re prone to spinal issues, including spinal biffida, arthritis, weak hind legs, and incontinence.

Siamese:Siamese cats live around 15-20 years on average. Like most cats, many of them will live well into their teens and even twenties. A Siamese named Scooter even lived to 30 years old!

Bombay:Bombays live around 13-17 years on average. They’re adaptable and loving companions but, unfortunately, are prone to breathing difficulties and brachycephalic airway syndrome due to their short snouts.

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