Sphynx Cats Have the Lowest Life Expectancy of Pet Breeds

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If you’re thinking of welcoming a sphynx cat into your life, it’s important to think twice, because it might not stick around for too long. A new study exploring the life expectancy of different cat breeds found that a sphynx cat has the lowest life span of all the domesticated breeds.

Researchers from the Royal Veterinary College in the United Kingdom and the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan joined forces to conduct this study, published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. They studied the clinical data of 7,936 cats in an attempt to determine the overall average life expectancy of different cat breeds.

According to the lead study author Kendy Teng, their research is “a significant milestone in understanding the life of cats” because by “knowing the expected lifespan of their cats, we’re not just raising awareness, we’re helping the owners to make ‘pawsitive’ decisions for their cats.”

According to this study, sphynx cats have the lowest chance of growing old with you because they have an average lifespan of 6.8 years. This is quite low when compared to some other cats in this study, such as Burmese and Birman breeds, which have the highest life expectancy of 14.4 years.