February 2008 Issue

How to Keep Your Cat Healthy

Here's a list of simple things that you can do to help increase your cat's longevity and happiness.

You gaze at your adorable feline and wonder: How could you ever live without her? But you know, as a rule, that cats donít live as long as humans. On average, cats live about 14 years. But the good news is that thanks to improved veterinary medicine and owner involvement, cats are living longer and longer, often exceeding the average lifespan by many years. There are many stories of cats living to their mid or late 20s. There seems to be valid documentation for an unneutered female cat named Spike from the United Kingdom who lived to be 31. Spike's case was extremely rare, but more stories come out each year about cats living to very ripe old ages. Could your cat be blessed with an extra long life? While genetics and luck have some influence over a catís lifespan, there are a number of things you can do to increase your catís longevity.

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