Originally Posted by touro1979
It seems that more and more cats are making it into their late teens and early twenties. I saw something about a 43 year old cat but heard there were verification problems. I also have heard of cats making it into there late twenties and early 30s. Anybody every personally see this?
Yes, in two cases. A friend of my mom's had a cat who was born the same day as her son, so they always knew her exact age, and she died at 27. A friend of mine has a cat who was born in late 1979/early 1980 (she got him when he was roughly 6 months old), and he's doing well, though his hearing and eyesight are going, and he's a bit scrawny-looking now, though a lot of that is lost muscle tone.
There are probably several reasons, but I think better nutrition (quality commercial diets) and advances in veterinary science have played a very big role. I now live in Germany. East Germany (the German Democratic Republic) didn't have commercial pet food. Within a decade of reunification, cats' life spans had doubled in eastern Germany, and dogs were living on average about 6 years longer. (That's why I'm skeptical about home-cooked or raw diets, although I always cooked the dogs' food myself, and they all lived well past 10 or 11, despite being large breeds).