Fact Bites: 10 “How Old Cats Get and Have to Be” Queries

Cats age like humans do and in every life phase there is an expected change that happens. For cat owners that care and curious people that are well, curious, here are the following top searches by regarding a cat’s lifespan and things that matter with age.

How old are cats…

10: …in human years?

There is yet to be a confirmed scientific basis to equate cat age and human age. However, vets and cat enthusiasts have seemed to agree that the first 2 years of a cat’s age is equal to a human up to 25 years old. Afterwards, each additional human year is equivalent to 4 years in cat age.

9: …when they first go into heat?

In general, cats reach adolescence when they’re 5 to 6 months old. But supposedly, there are some cat breeds that don’t reach sexual maturity until they’re 10 months old.

8: …when they can get fixed?

It is advised that cats get spayed or neutered when they are between 4 to 6 months of age. Pediatric neutering is also possible which means getting a cat fixed as early as 6 to 8 weeks.

 

How old do cats…

7: …live?

The average lifespan of a cat is between 12 to 16. Many indoor cats however reach beyond 20 years old. Much of the environment a feline lives in can decide how old a cat can get.

6: …have to be to get declawed?

Most vets reportedly accept declawing a cat when it’s at least 3 months old. Most cat owners however wait for their feline friends to age slightly older. But it is advised that felines should still be young so their bones are still softer and easier to declaw.

5: …live indoors?

Indoor and outdoor felines share the same life expectancy which is at least 12 years and up to 16 years of age. Of course, many outdoor cats are at risk of numerous dangers in the outside world thus affecting their lifespan. Meanwhile, indoor cats can reach up to 20 years of age with the assured safety of the indoors and care of guardians.

4: …have to be for catnip?

It doesn’t matter how old a cat is as catnip works not with age but with genes. Catnip can have effects to some felines and absolutely none for others. But felines with genes that have reactions when exposed to catnip can show reactions when they’re 3 to 6 months old.

3: …start getting pregnant?

Purportedly, cats can get pregnant as early as 4 months of age. Technically, as soon as a kitty reaches sexual maturity and has no health problems they can have a healthy litter.

2: How to tell how old a kitten is?

It’s easier to tell a kitten’s age than a cat’s. Below 4 weeks old, kittens still have blue eyes and their form aren’t as defined yet; ears still flat and eyes still barely open, you can assume they’re below 4 weeks of age. Kittens beyond 4 or 5 weeks already look like tiny version of cats.

1: How does a cat age?

Cats reach maturity in their first 2 years of life. As mentioned above, when a kitty reaches 2 years old, it is already similar to a 25-year-old human. After that, their aging slows and when they get to 11 years, they become senior cats.

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