Cat Age Chart

�NEW AGE WELLNESS FOR OLD AGE CATS� By Dr Sherry Zenor, Sarasota fl.

It is definitely a �new age� for cats. Once worshipped as gods in ancient Egypt, they have once again come into their own and now outnumber dogs as the # 1 American Pet. They have evolved from a utilitarian existence as rodent-hunters to beloved pets that are considered part of the family.

Because the new age cat is primarily an indoor-dweller, they are also living longer than ever before. A cat�s �senior years can last a long time. A 9 year old cat, equivalent to a 52 year old person, has 10 more years to become a �90-year old�. Although old age ailments are common, medical advances are continuously offering our cats a better quality of care.

Don�t compromise your older cat�s well-being by overlooking the basics. ALL senior cats need an annual exam, even if they �look healthy� to you. Cats are experts at hiding illness. Veterinarians are well-trained and practiced in looking for things owners can�t see. We know that cats can�t speak for themselves. With willing owners, we help find problems early when they are more manageable.

Older cats are prone to many diseases that older people also get: diabetes, thyroid disease, kidney disease, arthritis and dental disease being the most common. Such age-related problems can always be more effectively managed if caught early. Specialized diets, new medications, hydration therapy, and careful patient monitoring are allowing our new age cats to maintain health and vitality, despite the onset of the years.

One of the things I hear most often is people saying they don�t wish their pets to suffer. Unless your cat is getting at least an annual exam, you may be unintentionally allowing them to suffer needlessly from a problem modern veterinary medicine can treat.

Help your cat live its 9 lives to the fullest. Our cats provide us with a lifetime of unconditional love � by caring for them properly in their old age we can repay that debt, enhance their quality of life, and with it our own!

Cat-Human Age Chart

1 -15
2 -24
3 -28
4 -32
5 36
6 40
7 44
8 48
9 52
10 56
11 60
12 64
13 68
14 72
15 76
16 80
17 84
18 88
19 92
20 96