While there might not be a concrete scientific way to calculate the exact equation between human years and cat years, there is certainly a way to get a rough estimate of how old your cat really is in human age. A popular myth suggests that for every 1 year of a human’s life, a cat experiences 7 years. However, upon closer inspection this suggestion isn’t exactly true. A one-year old cat for example, is a lot more mature in terms of development than a 7-year-old child is. So, how can we determine how old a cat is in human years?
Some experts have agreed that a 2-year-old cat is probably about 25 years old in human age. This is because this is when they reach their developmental pique. For cats it at 2 years of age, and for humans it’s at 25 years of age. This is when cats and humans respectively have reach ultimate maturity and when our brains have fully developed and grown as much as they will in our lifetime. For these reasons, cats do not usually live as long a life as humans, because their initial growth process is far speedier than that of humans.
After this two-year period of rapid development, experts often agree that you should add an extra four ‘cat years’ for every human year. Thus, a cat who is 3 years old in human years, would be 29 in cat years (25 years for the first 2 years, plus an extra 4 years for the third). If your cat is 7 years old, they will be 45 years old in human years and so on.
So, Your Cat Years Calculation or Equation Should Look Something Like This:
- 1st year of a cat’s life = 12.5 human years
- 2nd year of a cat’s life = 12.5 humans years
- Every year after this add 4 human years
Can we Guarantee How Long Our Cats Will Live?
Records show that the oldest living domestic cat was 38 years old in human years. The cat was called Cream Puff and lived in Austen, Texas from 1967 to 2005. Using the above calculation, Cream Puff reached the ripe old age of 169! That’s pretty ancient, right?
The lifespan of your feline friend can differ dramatically depending on their breed, different health issues, their lifestyle, and whether or not they are exposed to external threats (predators, vehicles, busy roads, viruses, etc). The best way to ensure that your furry best friend gets the best quality of life is to ensure that they’re given a healthy and balanced diet, receive regular check-ups at the vet, and live a life that is filled with happiness and lots of love and affection. The most important thing of all is their quality of life and thus, you want to fill all their moments with great affection and care.
Tell-tale Signs of an Aging Cat
It’s sometimes harder to check their age if they’re a rescue cat, as you might not be able to tell by simply looking at them. However, your veterinarian will be able to provide you with this information and can perform a number of medical procedures to check this. One of the best tell-tale signs of their age is their teeth. Little kittens usually begin developing their teeth at the age of 3 weeks. At about 4 months these will become permanent teeth and as they get older their teeth might begin to discolor slightly. This might highlight a build-up of plaque or tartar. It’s thus always a good idea to begin a great dental routine with your kitty from a young age. This can prevent predental disease and ensure that they are healthy and happy. Sadly, gum and tooth disease can lead to a number of health problems down the line. If you notice that they’re dealing with bad breath it might be a sign of gingivitis and thus you should always consult your vet.
Another way to tell if your cat is aging, is to check the condition and quality of their coat. Kittens usually have fuzzy fur and younger cats will have softer and finer coats. Older cats might have coarser fur and the color might change as they age. Much like humans, their hair could even turn grey with age.
Older cats might also get a slightly glazed or glassy look in their eyes due to cataracts or other eye conditions and could even develop a condition like arthritis. Older cats need extra support and it’s essential to feed them a diet that’s specific for senior kitties. You will also want to take them for regular check-ups to ensure that all their organs are functioning well.