The are many things to consider in deciding to keep
your cat as an indoor only cat or an outdoor-indoor cat, life expectancy
is only one of them.
Overfeeding your cat is a good way to shorten its life. An overfed
cat stands more chance of health problems than a cat that is weight
controlled. Diabetes, arthritis, breathing difficulties, heart and
liver disease can all result as a consequence of overfeeding. All
of these conditions may mean your little pet not living a long and
healthy feline life. Your veterinarian can advise on the best diet
for your cat.
Exercise too, is important for your cat's health and in maintaining
its weight. Healthy cats mostly exercise themselves of course, but
the playtime you enjoy with your cat can contribute to keeping kitty
healthy. Elderly cats particularly benefit from gentle play-exercise.
Regular visits to the vets for routine checks will give your cat
the best chance to live a long life, and to live that life healthily.
Many life shortening problems can be tackled successfully if detected
Neutered or spayed cats often enjoy a slightly longer life than
unaltered felines. This is particularly so for male cats as an unaltered
male will often receive injuries defending his territory. There
are many other good reasons for spaying and neutering of course,
aside from extending the life of your cat.