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Your new kitty will be a cherished part of your family, so you'll want to choose a breed that stands the best chance of being with you for many many years. Below are a few of our Sonora vets' favorite cat breeds that are known to live long lives.

Choosing a Breed of Cat

When deciding on the best breed of house cat for you, there are several factors that you should consider, such as:

  • How much time will your cat spend alone?
  • How much grooming are you willing to commit to?
  • What kind of personality are you looking for in a cat?

Once you know the answer to those simple questions you can begin to narrow down your breed options and begin to single in on the perfect breeds to suit your lifestyle and personality.

Cat Breeds That Can Live Long, Healthy Lives

Cats tend to live a long time, the average indoor cat can live anywhere from 12-18 years while outdoor cats have a far shorter life span of approximately 2-12 years.

Every cat is different, their lifespan depends on a number of factors such as their lifestyle, diet, and lifelong overall health but if you are looking to welcome a new kitty to your home and want to find a breed that tends to live the longest, our Sonora vets have a few suggestions.

American Shorthair

The American shorthair—the pedigreed version of the domestic shorthair—is popular for families with children because of its playful and easygoing temperament. These cats are usually good at entertaining themselves, and they don't demand attention. But they also appreciate interactive play and socialization. Most are generally healthy but can be prone to heart disease. The breed has an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years.


As its name suggests, the Siamese cat originated from Thailand (formerly called Siam), but how long do Siamese cats live? Up to 15 years on average and some can even reach 20 years of age. People love Siamese cats because they are sociable, playful, and entertaining. It is possible to train Siamese cats due to their intelligent nature. They can be trained to walk on a harness and do lots of tricks.  


The Manx cat is usually tailless and this becomes its most distinctive characteristic among the other cats. People believed that the absence of a tail is a naturally occurring mutation of the breed's spine. However, not all Manx cats are born without a tail.

Manx cats are intelligent and can get along with other animals. They are often said to behave like a dog because of their sense of loyalty to their owners and their love for interactive play. More importantly, they can live well beyond 15 years.

Oriental Shorthair

Oriental shorthair is a crossbreed using Siamese as the base. Oriental shorthair cats’ appearances are unique and their coats come in 300 colors and patterns. Since they are a crossbreed of Siamese cats, they share the same wonderful personalities as the Siamese: smart, curious, and loving. These cats have a long life expectancy of over 15 years.

Russian Blue

Russian blue cats have elegant features, long limbs, and slender bodies. Perhaps this explains why this breed appears a lot in TV adverts. Russian blue cats are a gentle cat breed that is easy to train. They are a bit shy around strangers but affectionate with their owners. They enjoy typical indoor life and can live a long time, up to 10-20 years on average. 


Bombay cats have a very beautiful jet-black coat giving them a mysterious look. Although the black coat gene is dominant, sometimes you may find a sable-colored kitten among the newborns. Bombay cats love to interact with people, be it, children or strangers. Overall, Bombay cats are intelligent, playful, and attention-seeking. Bombay cats can live up to 20 years at best. Bombay cats can become good family companions without a doubt, but unfortunately, Bombay's are quite rare, and could be difficult to find one to adopt.    


Despite having a slight alien appearance and lack of hair, Sphynx cats are quite popular and have an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Because they are hairless, they are popular among cat lovers with allergies. The Sphynx cats crave attention and are highly sociable. They will greet you when you get home and follow you wherever you go. Since the Sphynx cats are hairless, they must be protected against cold in winter and intense heat during summer.


This fluffy and adorable Persian cat has an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Though they may look aloof and standoffish, they are actually friendly and love to cuddle up to their favorite people. Like other cat breeds, Persian cats are prone to illnesses like corneal ulcers, tummy problems, diarrhea and more, so if you own a Persian cat, make sure you bring it to your vet for regular checkups. Another issue with the Persian cat is their grooming. You have to brush and comb their fur daily to prevent matting. Though their long fur looks lovely, it can make your house messy if the Persian cat tends to shed excessively.


The Balinese is similar to a Siamese cat, but different in terms of coat length. Balinese cats have a longer coat length compared with Siamese cats. Lots of adjectives can be used to describe Balinese cats: outgoing, affectionate, active, intelligent, agile, chatty, and so on. A healthy Balinese cat can reach the age of 18 to 22 years old.


Ragdoll is a relatively new cat breed that can only be dated back to the early 1960s. Ragdoll cats have long silky fur similar to Persian cats. Just as its name suggests, Ragdoll cat is easy-going and can become limp when you pick it up, just like a ragdoll. Ragdoll is friendly, even with strangers. Also, he is laidback, gentle, and loves to lounge. It prefers indoor life and is not fond of climbing. Despite its soft-looking outer appearance, ragdolls are a tough and healthy breed that can live up to 15-25 years.


The official record of the oldest living cat holder is a 35-year-old Burmese cat. Of course, most Burmese cats don’t live that long. The average lifespan of Burmese cats is 18 to 25 years and that is certainly much longer than most cats. Burmese cats are often confused with Birman cats. Burmese cats are medium-sized cats, while Birman cats are a large breed with a stocky look. Another obvious distinction is that Burmese cats have short coats whereas Birman cats have silky medium-long fur. Burmese cats are energetic, playful, and people-friendly. They adore children and are ideal to own as a family pet.

Savannah Cat

The Savannah cat—part African serval and part domestic cat—is recommended only for experienced owners. Despite not being fully domesticated, Savannah cats can be friendly with people. But they tend to have unpredictable, active, and bold temperaments. The hybrid breed is generally healthy and has an estimated average lifespan of 12 to 20 years.

Egyptian Mau

Named for its presence in ancient Egyptian art, the Egyptian Mau is a beautiful cat with a characteristically spotted coat. These cats are generally comfortable with people, making themselves an integral part of the family and expecting to be treated as such. While some are prone to heart disease, the breed's average lifespan is 12 to 15 years.


Munchkins are a small breed of cat with shorter-than-average legs. These beautiful, characterful kitties are playful and agile and typically weigh in at about 5-9 lbs. Unfortunately, this breed of cat is genetically predisposed to several health problems including osteoarthritis due to an inward curvature of the spine, and pectus excavatum, or “funnel chest”.  How long do munchkin cats live? You should expect this breed to have an approximate lifespan of around 12 to 15 years.


Across the US there are thousands of healthy and loving kittens and full-grown cats just waiting to find their forever homes. While rescue cats certainly aren't a particular breed, these cats can be fabulous feline family members. All cats, whether purebred or rescue stand a far better chance of reaching a ripe old age if when fed a nutritious diet and provided with regular veterinary care, so by providing a loving home for a rescue kitty you are. helping to extend the lifespan of at least one grateful kitty. The purrfect cat for you may be waiting at your neighborhood animal shelter. 

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Whatever breed you choose, our experienced Sonora veterinarians are here to help you give your feline family member their very best shot at a long and healthy life. Contact our vets at Mono Way Veterinary today to book your kitty's first checkup with us. 

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