Cat Hospital of Dallas

9780 LBJ Freeway, Suite 105
Dallas, TX 75243-6842

(214)348-2463

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Cats usually live longer than most dogs and it is no longer unusual for them to live until 20 or beyond. How long an individual cat will live depends on many factors such as genetics, whether kept indoors or not, type of diet and of course the appropriate veterinary care he/she receives.

The rule of thumb is that at about age 7, a cat is considered to be middle-aged. At age 10 and above, a cat is considered to be in old age.

 

  






  CAT'S AGE                                                 HUMAN AGE EQUIVALENT   

        6 months............................................................................ 10 years

        8 months ........................................................................... 13 years

        10 months .......................................................................... 14 years

         1 year  .............................................................................. 15 years

        18 months .......................................................................... 20 years

         2 years  ............................................................................ 24 years

         4 years ............................................................................. 32 years

         6 years ............................................................................. 40 years

         7 years ..............................................................................44 years

         8 years ..............................................................................48 years

        10 years ..............................................................................56 years

        14 years ..............................................................................72 years    

        16 years ..............................................................................80 years

        18 years ..............................................................................88 years

        20 years ..............................................................................96 years

        21 years ............................................................................100 years

        

As you can see, a seven year old cat is well into his 'forties'. And since one year for a cat is equivalent to four human years, many changes can take place in what for us, is a fairly short period of time. That is why the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners now recommend twice yearly physical exams plus appropriate blood work on all cats who are 7 years old or above.  A senior wellness plan will be customized to your cat's individual health risks.  Tests which may be needed during your cat's semi-annual physical include:

*blood profile
*complete blood count  
*blood pressure
*urine analysis
*thyroid function test
*chest x-rays
*fecal exam for parasites

With this program, many health problems which are not readily detected in other ways can be caught early on and appropriate steps taken to ensure continued well-being and a longer life for your cat.