A Swedish study has shown that cat longevity is increasing, and researchers are calling on UK vets, VNs, breeders and cat owners to share their experiences and help determine whether the trend is reflected in UK cats.

A Swedish study has shown that cat longevity is increasing, and researchers are calling on UK vets, VNs, breeders and cat owners to share their experiences and help determine whether the trend is reflected in UK cats.

Percentage of cats surviving to 12 years of age.The Swedish study, which used data from international pet insurer Agria, showed that cat longevity increased quite dramatically over a period of seven years.

Results from 1999-2000 showed that approximately 66% of cats survived to 10 years of age – a figure that rose to nearly 90% in 2005-2006.

Cause-specific mortality varied with age and breed, but the five most common causes of death were:

  • urinary problems,
  • trauma,
  • neoplasia,
  • infection, and
  • cardiovascular problems.

It has been suggested that the key factors driving increased longevity include a willingness to keep pet cats longer, together with increasing levels of veterinary care.

However, in 2012, this study is about to be brought up to date and Agria Pet Insurance is keen to discover whether this trend is reflected in UK cats.

Are UK cats living longer?With this in mind, the insurer is seeking 360° feedback and UK vets, VNs, breeders and cat owners are all being asked to help and share their experiences by completing a simple, interactive online questionnaire, which should take only two minutes to complete.

Results will be published in the summer to coincide with the release of the latest Swedish findings.

Completed questionnaires submitted by June 30, 2012, will be entered into a prize draw for £100 of Pets at Home vouchers and a £100 donation to a feline charity of the winner’s choice.

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