We've all heard that a dog's relative human age is roughly 7 times their actual age. But do you know how old your cat is in people-years? Did you know that after the age of nine, your cat can develop underlying diseases?
A 4-year-old cat is considered to be equivalent to a 26 year old human being. By the time a cat reaches ‘senior’ status she is 9 years of age (the presumed equivalent of a 52 year old human); and at/beyond the age of 14, a cat is considered to be geriatric.
In their senior years cats often begin to develop diseases common to their senior-human counterparts, such as arthritis, diabetes, organ failure, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease and cancer. In fact, one out of 10 pets that appears healthy, has an underlying disease.
All cats should have checkups every “people year” of their lives; depending on your cat’s individual health issues, your veterinarian may recommend more frequent visits. It is up to you and your veterinarian to work together to decide what is best. That way you and your cat can enjoy his senior, golden years.
Find out your cat's age in people-years by reading this article published on Pet Health Network. And don't forget to regularly schedule wellness checkups to ensure that your cat has a full and healthy life.