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Cat Breeds That Live the Longest

Cats will typically live for 10-14 years or so, however, some breeds do live longer than others. In this post, our Brighton vets shed some light on what cat breeds live the longest so you can have your feline companion for years to come.

Which Cat Breeds Live the Longest?

There are many factors to consider when determining how long a cat will live. Nature vs nurture can be a big determining factor that can affect certain breeds differently. Underlying conditions and unexpected illness can severely impact a cat's life span, which is why senior pet care is so important.

Assuming a cat lives a long and healthy life, our Brighton vets share 5 cat breeds that tend to have a longer lifespan.


As its name would suggest, the Siamese cat originated in Thailand (formerly known as Siam). Siamese cats have become quite popular due to their sociability, playfulness, and entertaining behaviors. Siamese cats are also very intelligent, so it is possible to train them to do a few tricks. They can also be trained to walk on a harness.  

How long do Siamese cats live? About 15 years on average, but a Siamese cat living to be 20 years old is not out of the question.


The Ragdoll cat is a relatively new cat breed that can only be dated back to the early 1960s. They have long, silky fur similar to that of a Persian cat. As its name would suggest, the Ragdoll cat is laid-back, easy-going, and is known to go limp when you pick it up, just like a ragdoll. Ragdoll cats are very friendly, even with people they are meeting for the first time. They are also gentle and love to lounge around the house and relax.

Despite their soft look, Ragdolls are a tough and healthy cat breed that can live up to 15-25 years.


Some people believe the Balinese cat is a descendant of the Siamese cat. The Balinese have physical traits similar to a Siamese cat, but their furs differ, as Balinese cats have a longer coat length compared to Siamese cats. Balinese cats are fun cats to have as pets, known for being outgoing, affectionate, active, intelligent, agile, and 'chatty'.

A healthy Balinese cat can live between 18 and 22 years old.


Burmese cats are a medium-sized cat breed with lovely short coats. They are very energetic cats and very friendly and playful so prepare to have your hands full. These cute companions love children and make for an excellent family pet.

There is record of a Burmese cat who lived to be 35 years old. Most Burmese cats don't live to be this long of course, but they do have an impressive lifespan of 18 to 25 years.


Munchkin cats are a relatively new breed known for their dwarfism. This energetic, fun-loving breed is well-known for its speed despite having noticeably short legs. These cats can be born with one of 3 different leg lengths known as standard length (the tallest), super short (second tallest), and the shortest length known as 'rug huggers'.

How long do Munchkin cats live? This breed will live up to 15 years old on average.

Are you looking to find the right cat breed to fit your lifestyle? Contact our Brighton vets for help finding the ideal feline friend for you.

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