What's the average life span of cats and rabbits?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Sandstorm495, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Sandstorm495

    Sandstorm495 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wanting to know what their average lifespan is. We have a cat who is 12 yrs old and rabbits around 2-3 yrs old.
     
  2. Fly 2006

    Fly 2006 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cats can live to well over 20 but without looking it up I would say around 16 is probably an average for an indoor cat .... Rabbits can live to over 10 but I would say the average is around 8. it depends on the breed and size too. Obviously the older they get there is more chance of them developing tumours or other illnesses and the decision of weather to treat or not also comes into the age they reach.
     
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  3. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    With good care, a rabbit can live 10 years or more. I have had a few bucks that were 12 or more when they died. A very high percentage of does develop tumors in their reproductive organs at a relatively early age, so does tend not to live as long - 5 to 6 years is more typical. Obviously, spaying dramatically increases the doe's life expectancy.
     
  4. shadow rabbit10

    shadow rabbit10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For rabbits, about 7-12 years is average, but they can live longer, or sometimes shorter.
     
  5. hotrodflash

    hotrodflash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an outdoor cat, cat in avatar, that is 24 and another outdoor cat that is 18.
     
  6. Sandstorm495

    Sandstorm495 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys but I have a few other questions. my buck is desexed. Does that increase his life expectancy? Also will an indoor cat live longer than an outdoor cat? One more..lol. What would you say would be the record for the cat who lived the longest?
     
  7. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    Neutering a buck is unlikely to change his life expectancy, other than possibly leading to him getting treated better.

    Indoor cats aren't exposed to as many hazards as outdoor cats, so they are less likely to die due to misfortune. Generally speaking, indoor cats live longer.

    And according to Guinness, the longest-lived cat was 38 when it died.
     
  8. Sandstorm495

    Sandstorm495 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, and I thought it was only 20 yrs old! p.s. love your avatar..lol
     

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