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Study Looks at Main Causes of Cat Deaths

18 June 2014

UK - A UK study has researched the longevity and mortality of cats attending primary care veterinary practices in England.

The VetCompass research database of primary care practice data offers an extensive resource of clinical health information on companion animals in the UK.

From 118,016 cats attending 90 practices in England, 4009 cats with confirmed deaths were randomly selected for detailed study.

The most frequently attributed causes of mortality in cats of all ages were trauma (12.2 per cent), renal disorder (12.1 per cent), non-specific illness (11.2 per cent), neoplasia (10.8 per cent) and mass lesion disorders (10.2 per cent).

The median longevity of cats overall was 14.0 years. The median longevity of crossbred cats (14.0 years) was higher than purebred cats (12.5 years). 

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Citation:
O'Neill, DG; Church, DB; McGreevy, PD; Thomson, PD; Brodbelt, DC. (2014)
Longevity and mortality of cats attending primary care veterinary practices in England.
JOURNAL OF FELINE MEDICINE AND SURGERY.

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