"I know that its a morbid discussion, but I have been trying to find out the 'average' life of cats...
I know of cats who have lived for 15 years if not more, but it this an achievement or the norm.
I know that they are many variables where a cat could meet an untimely end (i.e. accident or illness), but if a cat was perfectly health and lived out its whole life.. What age would/should it live until?
Any info appreciated (By email if possible)
To which Henry R. Christensen replied:
What's the average life of a cat? Well, of the cats I've known, it consists of getting themselves born, then enjoying everything they encounter. This consists of wondrous things such as:
- dust in a sunbeam
- gossamer on a gentle breeze
- their own reflection in their water dish
- the tail of another cat, especially if that tail is hanging over a window sill
- being anywhere where another cat wants to be
- knowing how long the dog's chain is
- jumping from the window sill just when you thought you had the bathroom to yourself
- attacking your feet whenever they move under the sheet
- drinking from the faucet just when your ready to rinse after brushing
- using your head as a stepping stone to the top of the drapes
- looking indignant when your head is not available for the descent from the top of the drapes
- unwrapping Christmas presents as soon as they are deposited beneath the tree
- leaving tongue prints in the butter
- adopting dust bunnies
- occupying any open drawer
- placing dirty sox in the litter box
- playing with Q-tips
- never admitting anything is their fault
That, Jon, is the average life of a cat. And a wonderful life it is as it makes the life of the cat's person well above average!
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