What is my plan for my cats if I die or become unable to care for them? I plan on living at least another 20 years but none of us knows how long we will live (no matter how old we are today). Nor do we know how long we will be healthy enough to care for our cats. My friends and I talk about who would do what for my cats if something were to happen to me. We also talk about who they want to care for their animals if something were to happen to them. They have cats, dogs, tortoises, etc.