How Old is My Cat in Cat Years?
Trying to figure out how old your kitty is?
Wondering what stage of life he or she is in on the average cat lifespan?
Cat Years to Human Years
Since the average pet lifespan is much less than the average human lifespan, pet owners often like to translate a pet’s age into human years, so they can get a better understanding as to how old their cat or dog is in relation to a human.
How Old is Your Cat? – Cat Age Chart
Cat Years: Human Age Equivalent:
How This Cat Age to Human Age Chart Works
Kittens develop really fast. They grow up much quicker than humans.
At the end of their first year, they are the equivalent of a 15-year-old boy or girl.
This continues into their second year too. The pace is just a little bit slower though.
Once a feline has hit their second birthday, they are the equivalent of a 24-year-old man or woman.
Then as they settle into adulthood, each year of their life is equal to about four years of a human.
I Thought That There Was a 7 to 1 Year Formula?
People used to think that you multiplied your pet’s age by seven, and that was how old they were in people years, but that formula has fallen by the wayside and isn’t used any longer.
Stages of a Kitty’s Life
Birth to 6 Months – Kitten
6 Months to 3 Years – Young Adult
3 Years to 7 Years – Prime
7 Years to 11 Years – Mature
11 Years to 15 Years – Senior
15 Years and older – Geriatric
What Impacts the Average Life Span?
Unlike dogs, where different breeds can have much longer or shorter life spans than other breeds, most breeds of cats are similar when it comes to their life span.
While there can be some slight differences, for example, you could make the argument that Siamese tend to live a little longer than the average feline, the majority of cats are all grouped together on the same chart.
Lifestyle is a major contributor to how long a kitty will live.
Indoor cats who regularly see the veterinarian routinely outlive feral or other mainly outdoor cats. Indoor kitties are less exposed to outside dangers – other animals, fleas and ticks, cars or bad humans.