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    How to age a cat | Kitten Ads

    Articlegeneral cat adviceWednesday 29 February 2012
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    Working out a cat's age can be a tricky thing to figure out, especially if you have come across a stray that already has adult teeth.

    When you age a cat, their teeth are the tell tail signs of how long they have been around. If the cat has his adult teeth, there are still ways of estimating his cat age.

    If you have found yourself asking “How old is my cat?” then read this advice to answer yourself.

    Teeth Cycle
    If you have a kitten, it is much easier to age a cat depending on what teeth they do or do not have yet. Kittens get incisors when they are 2 to 4 weeks old; canines arrive before 4 weeks; premolars come along between 4 to 6 weeks of age. By the time a cat is 8 weeks old, it will have all baby teeth. By 6 months, the baby teeth will have been replaced with adult teeth.

    Teeth - How Old is My Cat?
    When  you want to age cat, look at its teeth. If the teeth are adult, permanent and all look white, the cat will probably be about 1 year old. If the back teeth are slightly yellow, the cat is about 1 to 2 years old. If all the teeth are yellow, it is around 3 to 5 years old. Cat age between 5 to 10 years usually shows some wear on the teeth. If the cat has some missing teeth and a great deal of tartar built up, the cat is between 10 and 15.

    Eyes - How Old is My Cat?
    Age a cat by looking at its eyes. Check to see if there is any cloudiness in the lens. Cats of around 12 years old or more can develop cataracts. In addition, older cats will have a somewhat jagged iris.

    Body
    Younger cats will have more muscle definition and be toned. Older cats will be bonier and could have sagging skin.

    Behaviour
    If cat age is young the cat will probably play more and be much more active. Older cats may prefer to sleep more often and are not too bothered about toys.

    The next time you find yourself asking “How old is my cat?”, carry out an examination using the above tips and you will give yourself a rough idea of the cat age.

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