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Hello, my name is Will. I am a big time cat lover. I just lost my cat, Smokey, late Friday night, but had known for a while it wouldnt be long. She was almost 15 and I had her since I was 6 years old. Its been a tough couple of days but Im trying to just think of the good times and think about getting a new little kitten in the next couple of months and had a couple questions. I wondered which types of cats lived longer, domestic or purebred? Also, which would live longer male or female? Im not looking for any special looking cats, just your average looking joe, but I do want to get a calico colored cat, do you think this will be hard to find? Any info or links you think I might find helpful are greatly appreciated.

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First of all, welcome to our forum. You've come to the right place for cat lovers. On behalf of everyone here, our condolences for your loss. It must be very hard on you. I'm sorry I can't be the one to give you the information you are asking for but wanted to say that I am very sorry to hear about your kitty. :cry:
 

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Thanks for the welcome and I appreciate the condolences. Its hard to lose Smokey as she was my first pet, w/ me for 14 of my current 20 years, and helped me realize that Im a definate cat person. I just hope my next little kitty is as interesting and as good a friend as Smokey was.

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Looks like someone is a late night person like myself.

Even though another cat cannot replace Smokey, it sounds as if eventually you will be able to give another homeless cat/kitten a good home. We hope your next cat can give you as much love as Smokey did.

Did you visit the "Rainbow Bridge" section, and do you have a picture to post there? Many of the forum's members there share in your sorrow. :cry:
 

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Yes, I saw that section. To be honest, its still a little difficult for me to look at pictures of her as its only been a couple days. Hopefully, before long I can w/ only good memories, but the bad are still to much on my memory.

Will

ps - and yes, im also a late night person for some reason.
 

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So sorry to hear about poor Smokey. It must be hard, as I expect you can't really remember a time without her.
I'm no expert, but I should think domestics live longer than purebreds. The vetinary insurance on a domestic is cheaper, which suggests they have to visit the vet less frequently.
Whatever you get next, I hope it has a long and happy life, like Smokey did with you.

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I would also venture that domestics live longer. I think it would be very easy to find a calico cat at your local humane shelter. They are quite common. About longevity of male and female, I am not sure, but they probably have nearly the same life span if they are desexed. Of course if it was calico, it would have to be female... Good luck finding a new cat to enrich your life and sorry about the loss of Smokey.
 

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I don't really think it matters what type of cat, or what sex you get, I think it all depends on how you treat your cat and how well you take care of it. People's views on what's right and what's not varys, so just go by your instincts. Talk to a few local vets to get different opinions as well (as far as shots, food, etc)
Good luck with your new kitty, and sorry to hear about your loss!
 

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I know when it comes to dogs, mutts live longer than purebreds. Most purebred dogs have specific defects that are very common. (Poodles get cataracts; Daschounds have back problems...) I'd think the same logic applies to cats as well.

Male or Female, I think it makes no difference. Your best bet is to go to your local animal shelter and pet all the cats, adult and kitten, I'm sure you'll find one that you fall in love with.
 

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I am so sorry you lost your cat. It's so hard. If you want a calico cat, it will have to be a female. There are no calico males, as far as I know. Call the shelters and ask if they have one, but consider the personality too. Each cat is different. I wish you the very best.
 

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I'm very sorry for your loss of Smokey; I know it must be very very hard for you right now. Best wishes in finding your next cat friend when you're ready.
 

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I too am so sorry for your loss. :(
Calicos are very common, at least in my area. I am sure you will have no trouble finding one when you are ready.
This is a tough time, be good to yourself.
 

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:(

Oh I'm dreading the day I loose one of my babies. Hopefully, it's a looooong way in the future. They're both very young still. Boo's a little over a year, Drizzle a little under a year. I felt terrible just the two days he was at the vet so I know I'll be devastated for...

Oh my. I couldn't imagine that.

*Gives a big hug*
 

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Thanks for all the replies. Its been a tough week but being the holidays w/ family over made it a little easier. I will start the search for my new cat pretty soon. Im not so much set on a calico as I was, just so long as the new cat is colored differently than my last kitty. My only real must is that I want a kitty, as young as healthy and best for the kitty you leave its mother. I really dont want to adopt a cat from a shelter w/ a name and everything already associated w/ it, I want to be able to name it and be there for it like I was for Smokey. Thanks again for all the info and responses.

Will
 
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