It’s commonly accepted that every cat year is equivalent to 7 human years. However, that’s not true, because having a two-year-old cat doesn’t mean that the cat is 14 years old.
In fact, a two-year-old cat is actually around 24 years old, and it gets much more complicated when we try to determine the age of cats in human years.
How to know a cat’s age in human years
The life of a cat can be divided into 6 stages, and each of these uh six stages will have different amounts of time in human years, and we will analyze each of them.
the first of these stages is the kitten stage, which is from birth to the sixth month of your kitten. In human years it would be from birth to a 10 years old child.
In fact, this stage is also called the non-sexual stage. The first two weeks the kittens are born with their eyes closed, and they will open them in the first two weeks, and around this time the kittens are feeding from their mother’s breast milk.
From two weeks to to two months of age, they’re around two years old of a human life.
Then, when they are three months old they would be a four years old human child. This is when the kittens start running, playing, and having a lot of fun.
From 4 to 6 months, the kitten would have 6 to 10 human years.
That is why when Kittens are rehomed it’s usually recomendable to do it by their 4 month
then when they’re six months old, so they’re going to be very stable around that time.
In the next period, the junior stage is from 7 months to 2 years old. This is the time when cats will reach their sexual maturity. In human years this would be from 12 years to 24 years in human years.
When a cat usually gives birth around by the second year that’s when they actually would bear healthy kittens. That’s why if the cat becomes pregnant by its first year it would be similar to teenage pregnancy for human beings.
However, when the cat has the second pregnancy around the second year in human years it’s roughly around 24 years old, that’s when the cat gets actually much safer to get pregnant,
Adulthood of a cat
After the second year, the cat will reach its full maturity. It goes from 3 to 6 years which is equivalent to 28 to 40 years for humans.
This is the peak of the life of a cat when he will develop its full height and weight.
Mature age of a feline
From 7 to 10 years, the cat would have 44 to 56 years in human years.
They could slowly develop some health conditions. Make sure that your cats are having a good diet. Also, their coat is getting less colorful and shinier.
Furthermore, the cats get less energetic, more lethargic, and sleep more. Make sure that your cats are living a healthy life by eating good diet and make those annual vet visits.
This is when they’re 11 to 14 years old. In human years this would be from 60 years to 75.
Cats are still active, and unlike human beings, they can still reproduce.
This is the stage when the cat gets more chill. It’s rare for some cats to reach this age, and during this time there could be some geriatric problems, similar to human beings.
Some cognitive dysfunctions, crying at night, not urinating, or defecating in the litter box could happen around this time. Take good care of the cat, he might need some support.
How long do cats live
The average age to reach for a cat is normally around 15 years.
How to determine the age of a cat by its physical features
There are physical features that will help guess how old a cat is. These are:
- Teeth: for kittens, the first teeth appear between 2 to 4 weeks, and then around 4 months their white teeth will come out.
- A cat is between 1 to 2 years old if he has some yellow stains in their beef and yellow stains or tartar.
- If you notice that their teeth have a lot of stains they are already around 3 to 5 years.
- When cats are between 10 to 15 years, there could be some missing teeth
- The eyes: If the eyes have very smooth crafty looking irises, then you can Know whether a cat is young or old. The older cats could have developed some cloudiness similar to humans.
- The bone structure: a younger cat will have a better posture.
- The fur: in older cats, the color of the fur will be more diluted or get a bit whiter.