Those of us who have adopted or taken in a stray cat can surely find out roughly how old a feline is based on several indicators and tips, like its teeth, muscle tone, coat, and eyes. However, even if you know its actual age, it’s not entirely accurate. After all, cats (and dogs, for that matter) actually are a lot older than they supposedly are. There’s a reason why cats seem to be wiser than their years: it’s because they really are a lot older than they really are in human years! Most people know that fact, but the details tend to get a little fuzzy, with some people stating one fact and others stating another. One popular misconception about cat age is that they age seven years in human time for each year they are alive. That is simply not the case – cats age a lot more rapidly in just their first two years of being alive!
While there is no actual reliable scientific method to calculating exactly how old your cat is in human years, experts can agree that the first two years of a cat’s life is roughly around the likes of the first 25 of a human. After that, each additional year is about an extra four years. Of course, this is generally about indoor cats; a cat who lives primarily outdoors ages even quicker, nearly twice as fast even.
Cats generally live a long time, depending on its genetic predisposition as well as how well its owner takes care of it. It also depends on if your kitty is an indoor cat or an outdoor cat, as outdoor cats tend to face greater threat of illness and accidents. While there have been cases where cats live to be about 30 years old, that is a rare situation – most indoor cats live about 12 to 18 years, with some even making it into their 20s; while outdoor cats live about 10 years.
Below is a chart to calculate your cat’s age:
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