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My parents' cat lived to the biblical age of 18, almost 19. She was an outdoor cat, and even in old age she would spend countless hours hunting mice and other small wildlife in our back garden.
My parents live in a small village, and their property borders right on a small forest, which was of course ideal surroundings for a cat. Our vet told us that that was probably the reason why she was so healthy for so long. Because she got plenty of exercise hunting her own food or just roaming the area every day.
But then at some point, leucosis set in, which is basically cat leukemia. It's a communicable disease that is spread by a virus. Poor cat was really beginning to waste away. I remember the day before we had her put down, she was so small and skinny that I could lift her up with the palm of my hand. A healthy adult cat's weight is about 5 kg, which you'd struggle to lift like that, but she weighed little over 1 kg.