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    - By : Laura A

    How old is your cat really?

    Do cats really have 9 lives? We may never know! What we do know for sure, however, is that the age of your cat as a human is not always well understood. This age, it is not enough to multiply it by 5 to compare it to that of humans...

    Your cat's age does not change arithmetically. With a few tricks, it will then be very easy to understand and match your cat's age to yours!

    Kittens

    The age of your cat in human

    For decades we have liked to estimate the age of our cat with simple calculations. It is common to hear that you just have to multiply the age of our cat by 5 and it's done.

    However, this method of multiplying the cat's age by 5 to get the equivalent of the human age is not reliable. Besides, why the number 5? We could have chosen 6 or 7?

    This number was not fixed by chance. The average life expectancy of a well cared for cat is about 14 to 15 years. The life expectancy of humans is about 79 years.

    After a very simple calculation: 79/15 = 5.2.

    Easy isn't it?

    The life stages of a cat are different from those of humans, this method only works with a cat older than 10 years. For example, a 10 year old cat will be about 50 years old in human age.

    Young to old cats

    Our little feline friends don't grow at the same rate as humans. At the beginning of their lives, their growth is rapid. After about two years, they start to age and their growth follows a more regular and constant evolution.

    It is preferable not to be mistaken and to refer to an equivalence table provided for example by veterinarians, which you can find in this article!

    To sum up:

    • 1 month: after the birth of the kitten, this is equivalent to 6 months in humans.
    • 6 months: it is comparable to a child of 10 - 13 years.
    • 1 year: the kitten becomes a tomcat, comes of age and becomes an adult cat. This cat would have in 18 years in human age
    •  2 years old: he's actually 24 years old and starting to age.
    •  8 years old: he's about 50 years old
    • 10 years old: this cat is still vigorous in his sixties.
    • 15 years old: he's a 76-year-old grandfather.
    • 20 years: we can proudly celebrate our 100th anniversary...

    Stages of life cat

    Until what age can a cat live

    It's a question every cat owner asks himself. However, this question is delicate because life expectancy varies according to the breed of cat.

    However, statistics have shown that well-fed and well cared for domestic cats live an average of 15 years. This corresponds to 76 years in human age.

    It is important to note, like humans, some cats go beyond the average and even exceed 20 years!

    grey cat

    Females live longer

    It has been observed that female cats generally live longer than males.

    Statistics also show that a neutered cat generally lives 1.8 years longer than an uncastrated cat. In addition, a spayed cat lives 6 months longer than an unspayed cat.

    Breed cats show a certain fragility

    As with dogs, studies have shown that cross-bred (or alley cats) live longer than purebred cats (14 to 15 years versus 12.5 years). This is due to the fact that their selection makes them more vulnerable, reducing their life expectancy.

    Concerning pedigree cats, classifications can still be made. A small quick classification would put the Burmese in the lead, followed by the Sacred of Burma (Burmese), Siamese, Persian, Ragdoll and the Abyssinian which unfortunately does not live more than 10 years.

    young bengal cat

    How to prolong the age of the domestic cat?

    It is not a question of increasing his life expectancy, but of putting all the conditions to allow him to reach an advanced age.

    Maintenance and feeding

    First of all, you have to be rigorous about maintenance. Taking care of your cat is essential. You must brush him regularly (at least once a week if you have a long-haired cat with a cat brush), clean his litter box, help him to exercise himself physically by playing with him (be careful with the claws) or by offering him a cat toy, etc.

    In addition, to make him happy and to help him have fun without being scolded, think about offering him a scratching post or, even better, a cat tree with a scratching post and a hammock. You can also provide him with a haven of peace with a calming cat bed where he can rest and regenerate.

    Then you must feed him well. A bowl of quality kibble and/or cat food. It is important to feed him a well dosed, healthy and balanced food to allow him to grow normally and to be more resistant to diseases. Cats are nibblers and eat several times a day in small quantities. Make sure you provide food for your cat to avoid anxiety.

    In order to reduce the risk of regurgitation and slow down food absorption (slow feeder), we invite you to consult our collection of elevated cat bowls.

    Not all cat breeds are fed the same food. Again, ask your veterinarian.

    Your cat will be slim and stay strong and vibrant much longer. Finally, her coat will stay soft and silky for much longer.

    Visits to the vet

    Another way to extend your cat's life expectancy is to have him/her followed by a veterinarian. After 5 years, cats are more vulnerable to kidney disease and cancer. Regular visits to the veterinarian will allow a personalized follow-up of your cat. This professional knows the health problems your cat is facing (depending on the breed) and the solutions to apply. It is also necessary to have your cat vaccinated in order to protect it against certain diseases.

    Providing a secure environment

    Finally, it must be provided with a safe and secure environment. You should observe your cat for any signs of stress.  Our article "How do you know if a cat is stressed" may give you some clues on how to detect if your cat is stressed.

    In addition to these rules, it is also important to pay attention to certain important stages in a cat's life. Moving house, the arrival of a new family member, ... are factors that can affect your cat's happiness. Don't panic, any good veterinarian will be able to advise you in all situations.

     cat and vet

    The main stages of a cat's life

    From 0 to 3 months

    It's a sensitive time. Above all, the kitten must not be separated from its mother. Weaning a kitten too early often presents complications such as difficulties to be clean. In addition, the mother teaches the kittens the limits and how to live in society. A kitten separated too early from the mother will have no limits.

    Between 6 and 9 months of age

    This is the ideal time to sterilize or castrate your little hairball. At this age, your cat will be sexually mature. You'll need to make sure you adapt your cat's diet accordingly. This will help prevent weight gain.

    At 8 years old

    It is important to make sure that the cat does not have any problems with kidney failure or diabetes. This age is equivalent to 50 years in human age so it is often advisable to adapt its diet again. It should be easier to chew and lower in calories.

    At the age of 15

    From this age, it is advisable to go to the vet every year for a check-up. The cat will sleep more, he will then need a place of his own, which is quiet and easily accessible (see our cat bed collection).

     Knowing the age of your cat as a human is therefore perfectly legitimate. It allows us to better understand his state of fitness and health, directly related to his age. The lesson we could learn from this is that we must make the most of every moment spent with this magical animal, which is not eternal.


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