You may know your cat’s age in human years, but measuring your cat’s age in “cat years” is another story. There is a common misconception that every human year equals seven cat years. This is not how you accurately measure out cat years, which isn’t an exact number.
Cats age the most rapidly between birth and the age of two human years. During their first year, cats age to the human equivalent of 15. So, a one-year-old kitten is a broody fifteen year old teeager in cat years. By age two, it is generally agreed that in cat years, you cat is now roughly 25 years old in cat years.
There is not an exact conversion when it comes to cat years and human years, but it is estimated that after the age of two, every human year equals roughly four cat years. This means that your five year old cat is about 37 years old in cat years.
While knowing your cat’s age in cat years is fun, it is also helpful to acknowledge when considering your cat’s health. Because a year time frame in a cat’s life is so significant, it is important to schedule regular veterinary check-ups for your kitty. Especially when your cat grows into a senior cat-izen, it is important to note that illnesses and conditions like arthritis or abnormal organ function can seemingly “come out of the blue.” In reality, your cat simply ages much faster than you, and keeping a regular vet schedule will help prevent these illnesses from cutting years out of your cat’s life.
The lifespan of a cat depends on a variety of factors. In the wild, domestic cats average a lifespan between four to five years. Dangers like cars, predators, being captured and euthanized by animal control, and lack of food and shelter often lead to a shorter lifespan for feral cats.
For cats not living in the wild (and who do not have any serious health afflictions), the average lifespan is between 12-15 years. Of course, regular vet visits, a healthy diet, and an active lifestyle for your kitty will help them live as long and as happily as they can.
Creme Puff, a cat who was born in 1967 and died in 2005, is said to be the oldest cat in recorded history. Creme Puff was 38 years and 3 days old in human age, which puts her at 169 years in cat years! Creme Puff and her other family members, many who have also lived into their 30s as well, have been fed raw, natural food diets (no processed canned or kibble) which could be why they have all lived so long.
Does your cat act his age in cat years, or does it seem like he acts his age in human years? Let us know in the comments!