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 12 months.

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 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 potential. Let’s now take into account replica. 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 easy cause that cats age quicker after they’re youthful and decelerate after they’re older.

The right way 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 into 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 12 months. This can be a extra logical strategy and, in my expertise, it appears fairly correct. Notice: This chart doesn’t apply to canines. Canines have completely different age equivalents relying on their dimension (large canines have shorter life spans than small canines, for instance). Cats are all roughly the identical dimension, so the chart is common for cats.