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17888  

Lower Boones 

Ferry Rd.

Lake Oswego

Oregon 97035

Near Bridgeport 

Village Mall

503.968.6000






Feline Aging Chart


 

     CAT'S AGE                                             HUMAN AGE EQUIVALENT   

         6 months ............................................................................10 years

         8 months ........................................................................... 13 years

         10 months ......................................................................... 14 years

         1 year  ............................................................................... 15 years

         18 months ......................................................................... 20 years

         2 years  .............................................................................. 24 years

         4 years ............................................................................... 32 years

         6 years ............................................................................... 40 years

         7 years ............................................................................... 44 years

         8 years ............................................................................... 48 years

        10 years ............................................................................. 56 years

        14 years ............................................................................. 72 years    

        16 years ............................................................................. 80 years

        18 years ............................................................................. 88 years

        20 years ............................................................................. 96 years

        21 years ..............................................................................100 years

        

As you can see, a seven year old cat is well into his 'forties'. And since one year for a cat is equivalent to four human years, many changes can take place in what for us, is a fairly short period of time. That is why the American Veterinary Medical Association as well as the American Animal Hospital Association now recommend twice yearly physical exams plus appropriate blood work on all cats who are 8 years old or above.


Cats usually live longer than most dogs and it is no longer unusual for them to live until 20 or beyond. How long an individual cat will live depends on many factors such as genetics, whether kept indoors or not, type of diet and of course the appropriate veterinary care he/she receives. Currently by age 7, a cat is considered to be middle-aged. At age 12 and above, a cat is considered to be in old age.     


At Cat Care Professionals, we recommend a physical examination every 6 months for those older cats with one of those exams including a comprehensive set of tests to check for illnesses that become more common in older age. This includes:

 

-Blood pressure measurement

 

-Blood screenings for abnormalities in major organ function

 

-Thyroid function test

 

-Complete blood count

 

-Urine analysis 

 

-Fecal exam for parasites



With this program, many health problems which are not readily detected in other ways can be caught early on and appropriate steps taken to ensure continued well-being and a longer life for your cat.





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