Traditional Siamese cat - photo added by Michael (Admin) and by julicath/Cath (pas vraiment présente) - Flickr (see link below)
My aunt had a Siamese named Jellybean who lived to be a little over 30 years. Jellybean was a diabetic (the name says it all ) and required daily insulin shots. They had her declawed and defanged (1950's) so her only form of protection was to run her head into the back of your legs.
She was so strong she could knock most people off their feet! Although she never did that to me.
When I was a child, I loved visiting Jellybean.
Does anyone know the life span of a Siamese? Thanks to everyone for the wonderful comments on Cao and her painting. It is always good to have a really great photo or a painting to remember your cat children!
Cao helped by sitting for hers and it is so much easier to pick up their character from real life than it is from a photo. Cao was the only cat I ever paid money for. All the rest have found us or have been presents. We love them all.
Hi Julie.. The average lifespan of a domestic cat is about 15 years today as far as I am aware. It seems that the absolute maximum generally is around 35 years (world records are set at around this mark - the oldest ever cat was 37). Anything above aged 20 seems very good indeed. Moggies are considered to be more robust and therefore longer lived that purebred cats.
Modern Siamese cats are shorter lived that the traditional Siamese cats in my view. Your aunt's cat and Cao were traditional Siamese cats.
Sarah Hartwell, the Messybeast author who has access to material that we mortals do not, says that a blind Blue-Point Siamese without a known name and owned by Mr Howard Little of Redwood City, California, USA had a recorded age of 25 years and 8 months at November 1975.
Siamese (traditional) are considered by some to be a long-lived cat but anything over aged 20 is long-lived so 30 is fabulous!
It seems that the usual long-lived Siamese cat lives until late teens. This Flckr page has a number of people writing about the age of their cats.
I think Jellybean was right at the top of the tree on longevity and was certainly one of the world's longest-lived Siamese cats.