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Cats have a shorter lifespan than dogs. A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior found that cats age at an average rate of about 9-10 years, whereas for dogs it’s closer to 12 years. However, this difference applies mostly to geriatric cats which happen when they reach 6 years old. After that age, their life expectancy stays constant at around 11-12 years.
The longevity differences between these two species can be explained by several factors. For instance, there are more health problems in older animals due to changes in their bodies over time; i.e., they lose muscle mass and bone density with advancing age. Additionally, many diseases associated with aging affect only certain animal species (i.e., canine osteoarthritis) while others affect both dog breeds and humans alike (i.e., Alzheimer’s disease). Another factor affecting longevity is genetics: long living breeds tend to have longer lifespans simply because statistically speaking most offspring will live into adulthood even though not all will reach elderhood. Other potential explanations include differences in diet and exercise habits between pets and their owners,