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Why does a cat live longer than a dog? Answer from the experts

The eternal duality between cats and dogs raises debates about the different needs of each and their specific care. And the ability of each animal to accompany its master. However, the differences in cat behaviour are ultimately to their advantage, both in lifestyle and in the care they receive.

Why cats live longer than dogs

Cats live an average of 15 years, while dogs live an average of 12 years. The main reason for this is that cats are used to living in greater solitude. Therefore, they tend not to socialize with other felines. They are therefore less likely to transmit and contract infectious diseases.

In fact, animals often contract viral diseases through injuries. Or from bites inflicted during fights. Because of their remoteness and solitude, felines are less likely to contract these diseases than dogs.

According to scientist Steve Austad, there are evolutionary theories of aging that explain that living organisms can survive longer if they are safe.

Similarly, Business Insider reports that inbreeding has had an adverse effect on many dogs. Brachycephalic dogs, for example, are known for their flattened faces and top the popularity charts for their affectionate and cuddly appearance. However, their extreme physical characteristics were created by humans. As a result, they suffer from many health problems. These include bulldogs, pekingese, boxers, pugs, shar pei, shih tzu, boston terriers, king charles…

“We haven’t changed the cats as much as the dogs. If you look at a dog and a wolf, there are big differences between them, both in size and behavior,” says scientist Austad.

The oldest animal

Historically, the oldest cats have lived many years longer than the oldest dogs. In fact, Creme Puff is the oldest cat in history. He was born on August 3, 1964 and died on August 5, 2005. The oldest cat in history, both cat and cat, lived to see the moon landing, the Vietnam War, and the fall of the Soviet Union. He always stayed with his owner, Jake Perry, in the U.S. state of Texas. To give you an idea, 38 years in a cat is the feline equivalent of 169 years in a human.

The oldest dog in history was named Bluey. He actually reached the age of 29 years and 5 months and died in 1939. Today, however, his record has been broken by Bobby the dog, who was born on May 11, 1992. He reached the age of 30. He has become the oldest dog in history, according to the Guinness Book of Records.

If you would like to read more articles like this, we recommend visiting our Animals category.

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Cornell Volkman
Written by: Cornell Volkman
Hey there, I'm Cornell! For the past decade, I've been perfecting my craft as a writer with a love for nature and gardening. I take pride in creating engaging articles that bring the beauty of animals and gardens to life. From reporting on the latest conservation efforts to sharing tips for cultivating a thriving garden, my writing aims to inspire and educate. I'm excited to share my passion with you and invite you to join me on a journey of discovery!