Have you found yourself staring at your pet wanting to know everything about them? Yeah, same. That’s no bad thing. However, one thing that can often leave us stumped is their age. Sure, we probably know when they were born, but how old is your cat or dog in pet years? It looks as though there might be more to it than we thought…
Those Feline Years
It turns out that one year in a cat’s life isn’t the same as a year for us humans. Many used to believe that one cat year is the same as seven human years. However, a one-year-old kitten ages much quicker than toddlers. It turns out that as soon as your cat turns two years old, the chances are they are around 25 years old in pet years. Their lives then begin to slow down. Every year after their second birthday is around four pet years. This means a five-year-old cat is thought to be around 37 pet years old.
Those Nine Lives
Perhaps you have heard the myth that cats have nine lives? Sadly, they only have one like the rest of us. However, it’s thought their flexible bones and ligaments, soft landings, and ability to almost always land on their feet has made it seem as though these felines are practically immortal. Even so, some cats can live well into old age with the oldest cat being reported to have lived for a few days over 38 years old. Breeds such as the Manx and Siamese are also said to live for longer than many other cats, too.
Adding Up Canine Years
Once again, many dog owners have heard the myth that one of their pooch’s years is equal to seven of ours. And yet, once again, it’s not quite that simple. The first year of our dog’s life is often similar to around 15 pet years. From there, things start to slow down. Working out the age of your dog in pet years is a bit more complicated than a cat as these four-legged friends come in a variety of sizes and breeds which both have a significant influence on their age.
Although all dogs begin to age at the same rate, it looks as though size really does matter when it comes to pet years. Smaller dogs age at a much slower rate meaning they aren’t considered to be seniors until they are around ten years old; this is because they age around four pet years to one human year. On the other hand, larger breeds can be seniors at a much younger age. These breeds are thought to age around anywhere between four and nine years per human year. Medium-sized breeds are often somewhere in the middle.
It looks as though we could have been doing our pets a disservice all these years after all. Perhaps they aren’t as old as we once thought? Either way, there are still plenty of excuses to break out the party hats and celebrate your cat or dog’s birthday!