AnAge entry for Felis catus

Classification (HAGRID: 01762)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Carnivora
                Family: Felidae
                    Genus: Felis
Species
Felis catus
Common name
Domestic cat
Synonyms
Felis catus domestica

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
30 years (captivity)
Source
Multiple references, please see bibliography below
Sample size
Large
Data quality
Questionable
Observations

Domestic cats descend from wild cats (Felis silvestris). There are conflicting reports concerning the longevity of cats and estimating their maximum longevity is difficult and error-prone. The oldest cat is reportedly "Creme Puff," a 37 year-old animal in Texas, USA [0551], but the accuracy of this record has not been confirmed. Cats do appear to occasionally live more than 30 years.

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
289 days
Male sexual maturity
Gestation
65 days
Weaning
56 days
Litter size
4 (viviparous)
Litters per year
Inter-litter interval
Weight at birth
97.5 g
Weight at weaning
Adult weight
3,900 g
Postnatal growth rate
Maximum longevity residual
173%

Metabolism

Typical body temperature
311ºK or 38.1ºC or 100.6ºF
Basal metabolic rate
Not yet available

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 183798
Animal Diversity Web
ADW account
Encyclopaedia of Life
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 9685
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Ageing Literature
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