When starting a pet, many owners think about how much time the pet will be able to please the family with its presence. Some animals live longer, some live less, but a lot depends on the breed, grooming, keeping conditions, timely monitoring by a veterinarian. For example, dogs of the same breed can live different times depending on how they have looked after.
Domesticated animals such as cats, dogs, parrots, turtles and some others in captivity live longer than their relatives in their natural habitat, but there are exceptions. Many exotic pets do not live in apartments and half of the period that they are allotted, so it is worth considering before starting an unusual animal.
The average life expectancy of domestic cats is 10-15 years, but this is not the limit. History knows cases where many cats crossed the threshold of the 20th anniversary, and the oldest of the fluffy centenarians lived 38 years.
If we compare the life of domestic cats and street cats, then we can understand that on the street, purps live in three, or even more times less. Few homeless cats live to be 7 years old, on average they live 3-5 years.
A lot depends on nutrition and animal care. A good feed guarantees good health of the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the strength of its bones, teeth and the thickness of the coat, which together affect the life span. Of course, there are diseases that are not dependent on care, but this is the exception rather than the rule.
According to statistics, castrated cats and cats live several years longer than those who have not had surgery.
It’s more difficult for dogs than cats, their lifespan depends not only on grooming, but also on the breed. Scientists have revealed the pattern that the larger the dog, the less it lives, because the organs wear out much faster. For example, small Chihuahuas easily live up to 15, and sometimes up to 18 years, but the Great Dane at the age of 9 is already considered very old.
But these data are relative, as in each case there are exceptions. For example, a husky lives in Russia, which has already exceeded 20 years, although usually representatives of this breed live much less.
Among centenarians among dogs include:
- Chihuahua – 15-18 years old;
- lap-dog – 17-19 years old;
- big poodle – 14-16 years old.
Among those who live the least, the Dogue de Bordeaux (7 years), the Great Dane (7-8 years), the English Bulldog (8-10 years) and others stand out.
Many are sure that parrots, like many other birds, die pretty quickly, but this is not so. Even a small budgerigar can live 5-10 years, and sometimes more. And the larger the size of the bird, the longer its life span. So, Jaco and Macaw are able to live next to a person 40-60 years old.
The smallest period of domesticated birds is inhabited by Orioles, larks and teglocks, since 90% of bird lovers are not able to provide the necessary living conditions for this chorister. On average, these birds live from 5 to 10 years.
Unfortunately, little pussies cannot please their owners for long. Mice live only one to two years, a little more than a rat – only 2-3 years, hamsters – an average of three years. Long-livers can be called guinea pigs, their lifespan is 6-8 years, and the oldest pig was 15 years old.
Chinchillas live to 12-14 years, and some of them even please their owners for 20 years, but these are exceptional cases. A decorative rabbit will spend about 5 years next to the owners, and its relatives more – 7-8 years. Ferrets live a little longer, on average 10 years.
With proper care, land turtles live for about 20 years, and red-eared turtles live more – on average about 30 years. There are cases when the life span of these slow-moving animals was much longer, but only in good conditions.
Most exotic animals live in captivity less than in their natural habitat, but there are exceptions. For example, a fox lives on average 6-7 years in the wild, but in captivity it can live three times as long – as much as 20 years. The same situation exists with macaques – in the wild, the lifespan is about 20 years, and in captivity – 30 years.
In other cases, non-domesticated animals live much less in houses and apartments than they are allocated. When getting an animal, each owner should understand that how much a pet will delight a family depends on his love, care and attention. If there is no time to treat a pet, look after it, carry out all the necessary procedures, then it is better to abandon the institution in favor of a cactus.