How Old Is My Cat?

November 6, 2010

in Cats

Have you ever wondered how old you cat is compared to you? Cats age very differently than we do and some even live into their 20′s. Vet care has advanced so far these days that we are able to diagnose diseases earlier and treat them. The average life span of cat that lives inside is 17-20.

Of course, preventative care is the key to keeping your kitty healthy long into her senior years. Routine blood tests and dentals are very important so that your veterinarian can identify changes and act quickly.

Research has also progressed to where we know the ages and stages of cats much better. Instead of aging one human year for every 7 cat years we now know it is not that straightforward.

Imagine if your child grew to 24 years within 2 years of birth. That is what happens for cats. Cats between 2-9 age a bit more slowly but once they hit the 9 year mark they are considered seniors. Remember though, that this is only halfway through an indoor kitty’s life.

Ages and stages are not based on how a cat acts. Instead they are based on how the body ages. Again, this why your vet will want to conduct certain baseline tests and see your cat yearly. In fact, by the time the cat is 9 your vet will probably suggest a twice yearly visit to catch any signs of early illness.

Check out this chart and see how old your lovebugs are:

Cat’s Age Human’s Age
6 months 10 years
8 months 13 years
1 year 15 years
2 years 24 years
4 years 32 years
6 years 40 years
8 years 48 years
10 years 56 years
12 years 64 years
14 years 72 years
16 years 80 years
18 years 88 years
20 years 96 years
21 years 100 years

Robert Baker is the owner of New Cat Condos. A company which manufactures a full line of cat condos that are very affordable and very high quality.

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