The Senior Cat
Just like us, cats and dogs are living longer lives than they did in the past. Our pets are benefitting from better and healthier nutrition and advances in veterinary medicine. What does this mean for us as owners? As responsible cat owners, we need to think about the needs that are specific to an aging cat.
Cats age at a predictable and consistent rate. The first year of life takes the cat from birth to late adolescence and the second year brings it into young adulthood. At two years of age the young cat is approximately 24 in "human years. It is at this point the calculation changes to approximately 4 human years for every one cat year BEYOND the age of two. For example: a 4 year old cat equals 32 years old; a 9 year old cat equals about 52 years, and 16 year old cat is about 80.
Aging is a natural process and early diagnosis and prevention of certain diseases and conditions can be the key to a healthy senior cat.
For more information about the special needs of your senior cat, read "The Special Needs of the Senior Cat" by Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
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