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Shortest (and Longest) Living Cat Breeds

24/7 Wall St. Logo By Cheyenne Buckingham of 24/7 Wall St. | Slide 1 of 43: <p>Dogs may be our best friend, but cats are vying for the title as well. Cats are the second most common pet in the U.S., despite their somewhat unsociable behavior and cool demeanor. They undoubtedly hold a special place in many people’s lives.</p><p>For cats, like any living thing on this earth, existence is merely temporary -- despite the myth of their nine lives. While one breed can live as long as 20 years -- three years more than the longest living dog breed, the Schipperke -- other breeds' lives can end around 8 years.</p><p>To determine the cat breeds with the longest and shortest lives, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the average life expectancy for the 42 cat breeds recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association. The CFA only recognizes cat breeds with purebred ancestry. We retrieved the average life expectancy for each breed from CatTime, a site that specializes in cat research.</p>

Dogs may be our best friend, but cats are vying for the title as well. Cats are the second most common pet in the U.S., despite their somewhat unsociable behavior and cool demeanor. They undoubtedly hold a special place in many people’s lives.

For cats, like any living thing on this earth, existence is merely temporary -- despite the myth of their nine lives. While one breed can live as long as 20 years -- three years more than the longest living dog breed, the Schipperke -- other breeds' lives can end around 8 years.

To determine the cat breeds with the longest and shortest lives, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the average life expectancy for the 42 cat breeds recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association. The CFA only recognizes cat breeds with purebred ancestry. We retrieved the average life expectancy for each breed from CatTime, a site that specializes in cat research.

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