A common misconception is that cats ages eight years (on human terms) per calendar year. In actuality, feline aging is faster during the early years of their life. A young cat reaches his approximate human age of fifteen during his first year of life and then twenty-four at the age of two.
Each subsequent year, a cat ages four cat years for each year he lives, and so on until it reaches twenty-eight for the cat’s third year in life. During this third year, a young cat turns into an adult cat. This time is the cat’s golden years, and the cat’s lifespan is relatively long. For some breeds of cat, these golden years are actually longer than their normal lifespan.
While the lifespan of any cat is dependent on the type of animal and the environment it lives in, a few breeds are known to live considerably longer than their average lifespan. These are the Persian breed of cats, and the Japanese. Other breeds that can survive up to a century are those with good health, and long lives.
Cats do not reach their normal lifespan until they are three to nine years old. During this time they begin to build bone and muscle tissue, but do not have fully developed sensory organs. The cat grows its whisker pads, nose and ears, and the eyes may grow. However, the ears do not fully open until after the second year of life, and they must be removed as the cat nears adulthood to prevent it from suffering deafness.
By the third year of life, the cat’s nails will be long and thick. This is because the cat is developing its ability to dig, walk on all four paws, and will begin using its tongue for speech. The cat will also develop a whisker and be able to hold its tongue in a flicking motion. By the fourth year of age, the cat will be able to stand on its hind legs. At this stage the cat will be able to recognize its family members and perform basic grooming functions such as brushing and nail cleaning.
Cat Years to Human Years Chart
If you have an older cat, you should know that your cat is probably already in his golden years. If you have a baby cat, however, you may notice the onset of wrinkling and thinning skin. as the cat gets older. This is normal and will diminish over time.
Cat’s teeth may begin to change as they mature, and the cat’s skin becomes drier and more brittle, especially around the face and neck. If your cat has developed cataracts, there may be a reduction in vision. Cataracts occur when cataracts have not yet formed and the lens in the cat’s eye may become cloudy. Cats may develop allergies or asthma, and the condition will worsen if the cat is exposed to smoke.
Cats who are fed a healthy diet with proper nutrition will remain healthy for a longer period of time. Cats do not become overweight when they reach their adult years, though they do need to make sure they are taking care of themselves physically. They should always be kept in good shape physically, and if you neglect them, you could be contributing to their death.
Cats who are not getting enough exercise often develop arthritis, which can make their bones brittle. Their nails will become too thick and may be easily damaged. If the cat falls and breaks its head on a hard surface, the bones around the skull may separate and the cat could suffer a skull fracture or brain damage.
Early cat years are important to the health of your cat. If you give your cat a proper nutrition and regular physical exercises, they will remain young and strong for many years to come. Healthy cats can live up to 30 years.
There is no need to worry too much about your cat dying from old age, since it is normal for them to pass away before they reach their thirties and forties. The key thing to remember is to help them last a little longer.