Are Cat Years The Same As Human Years?Kira
Are Cat years the same as Human years?
It is thought that a year of a dog’s life is equivalent to seven of ours, making them considerably older than us in a shorter time. We are finally understanding now that this may not be the case at all, as dogs grow more in the first six months than in the rest of their lives.
But what about cats? Are cat years the same as human years, or dogs, at all?
Perhaps the wider population are not as curious about cats, but we know that our fellow cat lovers out there are as interested as us! We have done the work for you and compiled a few sources to be as accurate as possible to determine the answer.
Susan Easterly believes that a one-year-old cat would be equivalent to a sixteen-year-old person in terms of age, which is a significant difference from what we think dogs to be. At two, a cat’s age would be equivalent to a twenty-one-year-old.
This is calculated by considering how much a cat must grow and learn in its first two years of life to become the smart, intelligent animals we know and love. She then explains that after these initial two years, it would equal to four human years for one theirs.
Many others establish this basis of after two, a cat age progresses from one human year to four of our furry friends. Although, some calculate this to be a year or two out depending on the initial age estimate.
Valid points that sources such as B. Deming and Pet Care have made are a cat’s healthcare will come into play after a certain point. The right diet and exercise can allow minimum strain on a cat’s kidneys and expand its life span. It is also noted that a cat’s life span, much like a dog’s, also depends on the breed. Though, this does not vary as significantly as their dog’s counterpart.
If you do what is best for your cat, you look after them well by giving them plenty of enriching activities, and a good diet and your cat will live a long happy life.
We would also like to mention the world’s longest-living cat, Creme Puff, who lived for 38 years! With some of these calculations, that averages to around 144 human age.
So, maybe cats do work out to be younger than dogs after all, and cat years are not equal to human years. But are they smarter? Find out with our blog ‘Are Cats Smarter Than Dogs?’ found here!