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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 at the very least know of) cats who’ve lived to the age of 20. The truth is, at one level I had over 30 20-year-old cats in my veterinary apply. Utilizing the 1-equals-7 rule, a 20-year-old cat can be the equal of a 140-year-old individual, which merely isn’t potential. Let’s now think about 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 folks have infants at this age? After all not! The 1-equals-7 rule doesn’t work for the straightforward cause that cats age sooner after they’re youthful and decelerate after they’re older.

Learn how to examine cat years to human years

A lot of 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 line with this chart, a 1-year-old cat is equal to a 15-year-old individual, and a 2-year-old cat is sort of a 24-year-old individual. After that, you add 4 human years for each cat yr. This can be a extra logical strategy and, in my expertise, it appears fairly correct. Be aware: This chart doesn’t apply to canines. Canine have completely different age equivalents relying on their measurement (massive canines have shorter life spans than small canines, for instance). Cats are all roughly the identical measurement, so the chart is common for cats.