Source: A-Z-Animals (Extract)
Posted: June 10, 2023

Cats can make for a purrfect companion for individuals looking for a housemate or a family wanting to expand. 

However, some cats live a lot longer or shorter than others, and you should take this into account when choosing the right cat for you and your needs. It is important to note that any cat can live for a long time, and their diets and lifestyle play a huge role in determining their lifespan.

Here are 20 cats with the shortest expected lifespans.

1. Exotic Shorthair – 8 to 11 years

Exotic shorthairs were bred as a short-haired alternative to Persians. They have a round, flat face with large eyes and small ears, and they have a cobby, low-to-the-ground body and a short, dense coat. These cats can come in a variety of colors, such as tabby, tortoiseshell, point, or solid. Their tail is short and thick and they have large round paws.

These cats are prone to several health issues, which can limit their lifespan to between 8 and 11 years. Because of their brachycephalic faces, they are subject to breathing problems and can cause snoring or wheezing. Their short jaws can lead to overcrowding of teeth, which can cause dental issues.

2. Burmilla – 7 to 12 years

The Burmilla is a breed that originated by crossing a Chinchilla Persian with a Burmese. These beautiful cats are medium-sized and have muscular, elegant bodies. The distinguishing feature of this breed is its amazing sparkly silver coat and the “make-up” that lines the nose, lips, and eyes. They have round faces and rounded ears. The Burmilla can either be semi-longhair or shorthair. The coat color can vary, including black, blue, brown, chocolate, and lilac.

Burmilla cats are fairly healthy but can have health issues such as allergies and kidney problems such as polycystic kidney disease. The lifespan of the Burmilla cat breed is 7-12 years.

3. Maine Coon – 9 to 13 years

The Maine Coon is a giant breed of domesticated cat. Its large size makes it a very popular pet! The Maine Coon can weigh around 10 to 25 pounds. Maine Coons are fluffy cats and have high grooming needs. This breed has a prominent ruff of its chest, a strong jawline, a rectangular body shape, and a long, bushy tail. Some of these cats even have extra toes resulting in polydactylism. The cat’s coat is long or medium and is soft and silky.

This cat’s lifespan is 9 to 13 years, with 12.5 years being the average. The Maine Coon is predisposed to certain health issues, which include hip dysplasia, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, obesity, spinal muscular atrophy, stomatitis, periodontal disease, and polycystic kidney disease.

4. Scottish Fold – 12 to 14 years

Scottish folds are known for their distinguished folded-over ears, hence their name. They are medium-sized cats with short, dense coats that come in a variety of colors, such as white, black, red, cream, and blue. They have large round eyes and short noses. Scottish folds are calm, friendly, and sociable animals, forming strong bonds with their human companions.

The selective breeding for the folded ears has resulted in many health problems. Scottish folds suffer from a disease called osteochondrodysplasia. This affects the cartilage and bone throughout their bodies, often leading to arthritis and reduced range of motion. This can be very painful for the cat, and as a result, many countries around the world have banned breeding or selling this breed. These cats typically have a lifespan of around 12 to 14 years.

5. Himalayan – 9 to 15 years

The Himalayan is also known as Himalayan Persian and Colourpoint Persian. This breed was developed by crossing a Persian with a Siamese feline. Although the Himalayan is a medium-sized cat, it looks large because of its fur. The Himalayan has a round body and short legs. Like other Persian breeds, this cat is flat-faced or brachycephalic. The Himalayan is different from the Persian as it has point coloration and blue eyes.

Because the Himalayan is a brachycephalic breed, health issues can include difficulties with breeding, dental malocclusions, and eye conditions. Other health issues the Himalayan may experience include polycystic kidney disease and feline hyperesthesia syndrome. The lifespan of this cat breed is 9-15 years.

6. Sphynx – 9 to 15 years

Sphynx cats are known for their hairless or partially hairless bodies. They have soft wrinkly skin and can have a variety of darker patterns. They have triangular-shaped heads and large oval-shaped eyes. Their ears are quite large relative to their heads, and their tails may have a patch of fur on the very tip. Sphynx cats are very extroverted and very intelligent. They are affectionate towards their owners and are even friendly towards strangers because of their dog-like nature.

Due to their lack of fur, Sphynx cats can get very cold, as it is harder for them to regulate their body temperatures. Similarly, the lack of fur makes them prone to cancer-causing sunburn. Sphynx cats have a high rate of heart disease, with the males faring worse than females as they get older. You can expect a sphynx cat to live between 9 and 15 years old.

7. Ragdoll – 9 to 15 years

Ragdolls are a large cat breed with a distinct and desirable colorpoint coat complimented with stunning blue eyes. Their fur is thick, long, and very soft and usually comes in tricolor and bicolor. These cats can grow to between 10 and 20 pounds. Ragdolls have gentle and docile personalities and get their name from their trait of going limp when picked up, like a ragdoll.

There are no breed-specific health conditions related to ragdolls, but they are still susceptible to common cat issues. These issues can include heart conditions, kidney disease, bladder stones, and obesity. However, most of these problems are a result of poor diet, lack of access to fresh water, and lack of regular exercise. With proper care and regular vet checkups, Ragdolls can reach between 9 and 15 years of age.

8. Devon Rex – 9 to 15 years

The Devon Rex is a unique-looking cat. They have short, curly hair, which is very soft and velvety, and long, athletic legs. Their ears are also large relative to their head size, and they come in color patterns ranging from solid, tortoiseshell, and tabby. Further adding to their uniqueness, the Devon Rex has unusually short and, oftentimes, curly whiskers. Because of their fur type, the Devon Rex is often thought to be hypoallergenic, and while they do have a low shedding coat, this is not technically true.

This breed has a common health problem called hereditary myopathy, which affects their muscles. It is common for a Devon Rex to die from laryngospasm while eating, causing them to suffocate on their food. You can expect this cat to have a lifespan of between 9 and 15 years old.

9. Singapura – 11 to 15 years

The Singapura is the smallest cat breed. These adorable cats have large eyes and ears, muscular bodies, and tails with blunt tips. Singapuras are tiny, weighing only around 4 to 6 pounds! The coat pattern is ticked tabby, and its coat is short and fine. The Singapura is lively and active and acts like a kitten into adulthood.

The Singapura’s average lifespan is between 11 and 15 years. The breed is quite healthy and has very few genetic health issues. One major condition that the Singapura is susceptible to is uterine inertia, an issue with the delivery of kittens. Because of this, some cats will need a Caesarean to give birth to a litter.

10. Chartreux – 11 to 15 years

Chartreux are medium-sized cats with dense and wooly fur, which can make them appear larger. This fur is water resistant and comes in colors such as ash or slate; older cats can have silver tipping. Their eyes are copper or gold in color and provide a stunning contrast to their fur. Chartreux are a quiet breed and will not make many noises, such as meowing or chirping, and have a very calm and sweet nature.

Thankfully, these cats do not have any breed-specific health conditions to worry about. However, they are still vulnerable to common cat health issues such as obesity, kidney, and dental issues. Regardless of this, the lifespan of the Chartreux is still relatively short compared to other cats. You can expect your Chartreux to live between 11 to 15 years.

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