Cat Years to Human Years: How’s the Math Done?

Cat Years to Human Years: How's the Math Done?

Cat Years to Human Years

There is not really a scientifically proven way to relate cat years to human years. But we have a rough approximation that seems to work anatomically and physiologically. According to popular culture, one cat year is equivalent to 7 human years but do you think that a 1-year-old cat is as immature as a 7-year-old human?

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How do Cats Age?

If you picked up your cat from the street, the following are some indicators of what his age might be.

  • Cat Teeth are probably the best indicators of age. Older cats usually have more teeth stain than younger ones. That, of course, assumes that the older owner was negligent at brushing their teeth. If you open his mouth and notice that his teeth are white and permanent, he is around one year of age. A little yellowing indicates older than 1 but no older than 2. The presence of tartar indicates an age between 3 and 5. If there are teeth missing, he is probably a senior cat;
  • Younger cats have more muscle definition than older ones;
  • A young cat’s coat is soft and fine whereas an older cat will exhibit coarser and thicker coat;
  • Younger cats will have bright and clear eyes with no tear. Older ones will have some cloudiness.

How do You Calculate Cat Years to Human Years

So, back to the cat years to human years, it is generally agreed that the first two years of a cat are roughly equivalent to the first 24 of a human. Starting from there, every additional human year is equivalent to four “cat years“.

Cats generally have a long life. This, of course, will depend on how well-taken-care-of he is and genetic disposition. So, if you cat is six years old, you got yourself a pretty mature cat with an equivalent human age of around 41.

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