The decision to adopt a pet in Montana is something to be taken very seriously.  The adopter will be responsible for how healthy, happy and comfortable that pet is for their entire life.  It's a big responsibility and a big promise that you're making.

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One thing I like to also consider when adopting a pet is their average lifespan.  Not that I won't adopt a dog because of the breed, but I like to know what my heart is in for.  We grow very attached to our furry family members, so the longer they can be around the better.

What Domesticated Pet has the Longest Lifespan in Montana?

Would it surprise you if I told you it was a cat?  I was surprised.  However, they're not talking about barn cats or cats who live in Conrad.  (Yeah, Conrad, I'm looking at you.)  They're talking about house cats.


How Long Do Cats Live in Montana?

In Montana, the average lifespan of a house cat is 14.3 years.  A full two years longer than the rest of America.

The average lifespan in America for a house cat is 10-15 years and a barn cat or other outdoor cat has a lifespan of 2-5 years.

Why Do Cats Live So Much Longer Than Dogs?

From KULR 8, it all comes down to genetics.  Cats just have better longevity genes than dogs.  It was also mentioned that cats have better life habits than dogs, too.  I have no problem believing that at all.  When was the last time you saw a cat eat garbage?


Where Can You Find A Kitty to Bring into Your Life?

The City of Great Falls Animal Shelter and The Maclean-Cameron Animal Shelter.  Just hit the links to start the adoption process.

Happy adopting.  Here's to you and your new best friend.

Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Montana

Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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