How Long Do Ginger Cats Live?

The average life expectancy of ginger cats is 10-16 years, but it does depend on their breed.

For example, British Shorthairs have a life expectancy of 14 years while Maine Coons have a life expectancy of 11 years. Both breeds come in many coat colours, including ginger.

Do Ginger Cats Have Longer Or Shorter Lifespans Than A Typical Cat?

Ginger cats can live 10-16 years so their lifespan is more or less typical of domestic cats.

Some domestic breeds such as Siamese can live up to 20 years but around 14 years is more common for most breeds. 

A ginger cat’s breed, genetics, lifestyle and living conditions can all impact their lifespan. 

BreedCan They Have A Ginger Coat Colour?Average Lifespan
British ShorthairYes12-15 years
Abyssinian Yes9-15 years
PersianYes12-14 years
Maine CoonYes10-12 years
MunchkinYes12-14 years
American BobtailYes12-15 years
BengalNo12-15 years
BurmeseNo16-18 years
Russian BlueNo15-20 years
SiameseNo15-20 years
RagdollNo12-15 years

Key Factors That May Shorten A Ginger Cats Life

Weight Gain

Ginger cats are often a bit bigger so it’s important to keep an eye on their weight. Overweight cats are at higher risk of diabetes, infections, liver failure, arthritis, and other health problems.

When a cat is overweight their overall quality of life is impacted and they may find day-to-day tasks such as grooming themselves difficult. This can lead to skin problems and other issues. 

Health Conditions 

If you have a ginger cat it’s important to know which breed they are and find out what health conditions that breed is prone to. This will help you know what to look out for so any issues can be treated early. Some of the most common health conditions include:

  • Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)

This is an inherited condition that causes cysts to form in the kidneys. PKD is most common in Persian cats and breeds that were created using Persian bloodlines.

  • Parasites

Parasites such as worms and fleas can cause a range of symptoms and put your cat more at risk of catching other viruses and infections. 

  • Diabetes

Older cats, male cats, and cats of certain breeds such as Siamese and Burmese are more prone to developing diabetes

Tips To Help Your Ginger Cat Live A Long Healthy Life

Regular Vet Checks

Keeping up to date with your cat’s vet visits will help you find and treat health conditions before they develop.

It is also an opportunity to ensure your cat’s vaccinations and parasite preventions are up to date. 

Monitor Their Diet

Feeding a high-quality diet is important and making sure your cat eats the right amount of food each day will help keep them healthy.

Overweight cats are exposed to a variety of health problems so feed your cat the recommended daily amount, be mindful of treats, and ensure your cat exercises regularly. 

Encourage Play and Exercise

Playtime is great for your cat’s mental and physical health. Playing with toys gives cats the opportunity to display natural behaviours such as stalking and pouncing.

As well as chasing toys, cats enjoy climbing and scratching too so a scratching post and cat tree or window perch also help to keep cats happy. 

Groom Them Daily 

Regular brushing will help keep your cat’s coat beautiful but it also gives you the opportunity to get familiar with your cat.

If you are regularly grooming your cat, you will be able to pick up changes and new bumps quickly. If you notice anything different or your cat is showing signs of pain or discomfort, contact your vet. 

Get Them Neutered

Neutered cats tend to live longer as it reduces their urge to roam and reduces their chance of catching feline immunodeficiency virus too.

Neutering your cat won’t alter their personality but certain behaviours such as fighting, roaming, and spraying may reduce.  

Consider Keeping Them Inside

Cats kept indoors are less likely to encounter dangers and diseases than cats that go outside. This is why indoor cats have a much longer lifespan on average.

If you do let your cat go outside, consider only letting them outside in secure areas, or only when you are with them (for example using a lead and harness).