9 Healthiest Cat Breeds
By Cheryl Lock
Pet owners hope that any cat breed they decide to bring home will remain healthy for the duration of his or her life. Diet and environmental factors have a profound effect on life span and day-to-day health of cats, according to Roger Brown, DVM, and The Cat Fanciers’ Association’s (CFA) scientific advisor and director at large. “Good veterinary care and at least annual physical exams will also reduce the risk of a shortened life span,” he adds. At home, the most important things owners can do to promote their cat’s longevity, regardless of breed, is to help them maintain a healthy weight and active lifestyle while preventing unsupervised access to the outdoors, says Jennifer Coates, DVM.
But besides diet, exercise, environment, and luck of the draw, certain cat breeds may be predisposed to be “healthier” than others, according to Rachel Barrack, DVM, certified veterinary acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, and Jennifer Maniet, DVM, staff veterinarian at Petplan insurance. “Domestic short haired and domestic longhaired cats are known as the mutts or mixed breeds of the feline world,” says Barrack. “Lacking some of the inbreeding that can be associated with their pedigreed counterparts, these cats tend to be among the healthiest, in my experience.”
But, if you’re going the purebred route and you’re wondering which options tend to be the healthiest, you might want to read up on the following breeds: