How Old Is Your Cat?
Usually, cat owners know how old their pet is because it's so easy to remember when and at what age a purchased or found kitten appeared in your house!
However, there are situations when the cat's age is unknown, which often happens if an adult animal comes into your possession, or you do not know when the kitten was born.
This is not so difficult to do because there are simple rules that allow you to determine the age of cats quite accurately. All of them, as a rule, means taking into account the biological characteristics of the animal.
The easiest way to determine the approximate age is by puberty. In most cats, it appears by 7-9 months, so if you took a sufficiently older kitten, you have to wait for this moment, and then you can approximately know the age. However, remember that in very favorable conditions, some cats mature early - by six months, so it is still not possible to determine the age accurately. You should also note that puberty does not imply that the cat has already formed physically - this usually happens much later (by 18 months).
The second method is more complicated but more accurate and at the same time suitable for animals of all ages, and not only for tiny kittens: the age of a pet can be determined by its teeth. Therefore, if you are concerned about finding out how old a cat is, just take a closer look at it: your task is to determine the degree of grinding of the front teeth-incisors. Their crown does not have a straight edge, and if their surface is worn evenly, the cat is about six years old. At the age of 10, a cat first begins to lose its teeth, making it easy to notice.
However, there is also a more accurate system, compiled by felinologists, and by which it is possible quite clearly to determine the age of the animal.
- The milk teeth appeared - 1-month-old
- Milk teeth changing - 5-6 months
- The central incisors of the lower jaw are worn - 1.5 years old.
- The middle incisors of the lower jaw are worn out - 2.5 years.
- The central incisors of the upper jaw are worn out - 3.5 years.
- The middle incisors of the upper jaw are worn out - 4.5 years.
- Traces of abrasion appeared on the fangs - 5 years.
- The extreme incisors of the upper jaw are worn out - 6 years.
- Changes in the transverse-oval rubbing surface of the central and middle incisors of the lower jaw - 7 and 8 years, respectively.
- Changes in the transverse-oval rubbing surface of the central incisors of the upper jaw - 9 years.
- Loss of central incisors - 10-12 years.
- Loss of all incisors - 12-15 years.
Usually, cats live up to 15-16 years, although, of course, there were also long-livers who lived up to 30 years. And, of course, if you are thinking about how to determine the age of a cat by the teeth, take into account also the conditions of its life: in more favorable conditions, the loss of teeth can happen later, and with good food, the abrasion of the incisors is a little slower.
Many cat owners often try to match the age of their pets with that of a human. The most common rule is to multiply the number of years by 7. It is believed that this will be the animal's age in terms of human measurements. However, felinologists argue that this is not entirely true. You can compare the age of a cat and a person with each other. However, the calculations need to be counted differently, and every year the difference and methods of measure will be different.
If you are tormented by the question of how to find out the age of a cat from a "human" point of view, remember:
- One year of animal life = 15 years of human life.
- Two years = 24 years.
- Three years (up to 12 years) - Four years added annually (i.e., 12 years = 64 years)
- after 12 years, each year of a cat's life equals three years in human terms.
According to this system, we can assume that the average age of the cat reaches eight years, after which the animal begins to age gradually. However, this does not mean that your pet has lived to "retire"! As a rule, the age of cats is a conditional matter. If the animal is in good condition, your pet will live much longer than the "prescribed" 12-15 years. They will continue to delight their owners not only with good physical shape but also with devotion, wisdom, and love.