Just Cats Veterinary Services

1015 Evergreen Circle
The Woodlands, TX 77380

(281)367-2287

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   Cats usually live longer than most dogs and it is no longer unusual for them to live until 20 or beyond. How long an individual cat will live depends on many factors such as genetics, whether kept indoors or not, type of diet and of course the appropriate veterinary care he/she receives.

The rule of thumb is that at about age 7, a cat is considered to be middle-aged. At age 10 and above, a cat is considered to be in old age.

    CAT'S AGE                                                 HUMAN AGE EQUIVALENT   

        6 months............................................................................ 10 years

        8 months ........................................................................... 13 years

        10 months .......................................................................... 14 years

         1 year  .............................................................................. 15 years

        18 months .......................................................................... 20 years

         2 years  ............................................................................ 24 years

         4 years ............................................................................. 32 years

         6 years ............................................................................. 40 years

         7 years ..............................................................................44 years

         8 years ..............................................................................48 years

        10 years ..............................................................................56 years

        14 years ..............................................................................72 years    

        16 years ..............................................................................80 years

        18 years ..............................................................................88 years

        20 years ..............................................................................96 years

        21 years ............................................................................100 years

        

As you can see, a seven year old cat is well into his 'forties'. And since one year, a cat is equivalent to a 15 year old child. Due to the many changes that can take place for us during our growth, it is the same case for your feline friend! That is why the American Veterinary Medical Association, as well as the American Animal Hospital Association, recommends physical exams twice a year plus appropriate blood work on all cats who are 5 years old or above.

Just Cats recommends a physical exam every 6 months and comprehensive blood work that would include the following:    


   *blood pressure
   *urine analysis
   *thyroid function test
   *complete blood count
   *blood profile

With this health care schedule, many health problems which are not readily detected in other ways can be caught early on and appropriate steps can be taken to ensure continued well-being and a longer life for your cat.