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Old 01-07-2011, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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I always thought it was 7 yrs per 1 yr that cats aged. Even my vet told me that. Looks he was wrong.

Or was he ?
http://www.catsofaustralia.com/cat-age-human-years.htm
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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According to this chart Cats Age Conversion Chart the first year of a cats life counts as 15 years and there after, add 4 cat years for every calendar year.

The gizmo at Cats of Australia seems to be calculating it according to the chart, though I had time only to compare a couple of years just now.
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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According to that my Kona is 71, Cyrus is 57, and Bindi is approx 29 (I don't know her exact age)... that all seems about right!
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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P.S. I've never really agreed with the old 1 cat year = 7 human years... that would make Kona over 90, and I don't think she's ready to kick the bucket anytime soon. She is starting to have age-related health problems (arthritis and overactive thyroid), but those just started within the last year or so. Oh yeah, and my sister's cat almost made it to 19 - so this would have made her 133 in human years!! According to that calculator, she was actually more like 92 when she passed away, which is much more realistic.
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Originally Posted by Macrina View Post
According to this chart Cats Age Conversion Chart the first year of a cats life counts as 15 years and there after, add 4 cat years for every calendar year.

The gizmo at Cats of Australia seems to be calculating it according to the chart, though I had time only to compare a couple of years just now.
I've seen a chart like that in a vet's office. It's actually first year=15, second year=9, then 4 per year after that. The calculator on the other site actually uses second year=10, otherwise the same, so for every year after the first it'll be one year higher than the chart.

Amber is in her 70s (14); she gets around pretty well. Still can jump decent heights, etc.
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Old 01-07-2011, 05:05 PM
 
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Beau is 14 this year, and acts like a little old man cat. He gets cranky when the kitten jumps on him, he is cranky if his food dish is not full, his stomach has problems, so he needs to be fed small amounts of food, the extra expensive kind, several times a day. He is all grizzled around his mouth. Does not like small children any more, even though he was my daughter's cat since she was 3.
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Old 01-07-2011, 05:41 PM
 
Location: In a cat house! ;)
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Hmmmm interesting. NOTHING about our 11 year old compares to any human 61 year olds... that I know. It is kinda funny because we look for signs of "old age" in her and there is none.

WARNING: BROKEN RECORD COMMENT: I TRULY believe the reason she is looks so healthy, is physically healthy, and very active is due to wet feeding only.
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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The chart linked to in post #2 in on the wall at my vet. According to her it is the one that is generally accepted by feline care professionals, and that the old 7 to 1 ratio was discredited decades ago. If accurate, it means that my soon to be 12 yr old will officially be a full fledged senior citizen (65) sometime in the coming year. Too bad she will be unable to qualify for Social Security and Medicare benefits.
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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If accurate, it means that my soon to be 12 yr old will officially be a full fledged senior citizen (65) sometime in the coming year. Too bad she will be unable to qualify for Social Security and Medicare benefits.
Wouldn't that be nice? I wish my pets could qualify for Medicare, at least...
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