How Old is Your Cat in People Years? | Academy Pet Hospital

How Old is Your Cat in People Years?

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The health of your cat can change drastically with age Cat Checkups & Preventive Care. Beginning at around age 9, your cat enters senior years. At this stage, cats often begin to develop diseases common to their senior human counterparts, such as diabetes, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, and cancer. In fact, one out of 10 pets that appears healthy, has an underlying disease.

First, identify your cat’s real age using this chart. Then, discuss ways to keep your pet healthy with your veterinarian. [Find out what to expect from a senior cat checkup]

How old is your cat in people years?

Cat Age Chart


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Chart courtesy of Fred L. Metzger, DVM, DABVP. The above ages are intended as general guidelines only. Be sure to ask your veterinarian at what age she or he would consider your pet a senior or geriatric.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

Reviewed by: Dr. Celeste Clements, DVM, DACVIM

Reviewed on: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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