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Deciphering Cat Ages & Phases


Of all of the myths involving companion animals, one which continues to persist (and nonetheless drives me batty) is the notion that cats (and canines) get older at a tempo of seven years for each human yr.

Frankly, this concept has by no means made a lot sense to me. We’ve all seen (or no less than know of) cats who’ve lived to the age of 20. In actual fact, at one level I had over 30 20-year-old cats in my veterinary follow. Utilizing the 1-equals-7 rule, a 20-year-old cat could be the equal of a 140-year-old particular person, which merely isn’t doable. Let’s now contemplate copy. Cats and canines can get pregnant and produce offspring as early as 6 months of age. Utilizing the 1-equals-7 rule, a 6-month-old cat is equal to a 3½-year-old human. Can individuals have infants at this age? After all not! The 1-equals-7 rule doesn’t work for the easy purpose that cats age sooner after they’re youthful and decelerate after they’re older.

Methods to examine cat years to human years

Various years in the past, the American Affiliation of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the American Animal Hospital Affiliation (AAHA) collaborated to create an age-comparison chart that takes this under consideration. (See sidebar.) In accordance with this chart, a 1-year-old cat is equal to a 15-year-old particular person, and a 2-year-old cat is sort of a 24-year-old particular person. After that, you add 4 human years for each cat yr. It is a extra logical strategy and, in my expertise, it appears fairly correct. Be aware: This chart doesn’t apply to canines. Canines have totally different age equivalents relying on their measurement (huge canines have shorter life spans than small canines, for instance). Cats are all roughly the identical measurement, so the chart is common for cats.