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    How To Tell A Cats Age

    Articlegeneral cat adviceThursday 07 April 2011

    There may be a number of cases in which an owner doesn’t know their cat’s age. If a cat already has its teeth then it can be very difficult to age them and by 8 weeks old, a kitten should already have its baby teeth and by six months the adult teeth will have already replaces them, making determining the cat’s age quite difficult. Your pet cat may be rescued and nobody knows it’s true age. Luckily, there are some tips that can help determine cats’ age; this guide will help to work out cat age.

    Work Out Cat Age

    •    With all cats, the teeth are usually the best way to determine the cat’s age. If the baby teeth are still present then the cat is likely to be under 6 months old. Adult teeth that are still white indicate that the cat’s age is roughly 1 year old. A stray or pet cat that has tartar (yellowish stains) on the back teeth is likely to be up to 2 years old.

    •    If all the teeth show signs of tartar then a good estimate of cat age would be 3 to 5 years while more wear and stains would indicate the cat’s age to be between 5 and 10 years. Missing or damaged teeth and extreme amounts of tartar indicate that it is an old cat, roughly 10 – 15 years old.

    •    It is important to note that an old cat is harder to determine the age of and stray cats will probably show more signs of tooth decay than a pet cat, hence working out a stray cat’s age can be trickier.

    •    The eyes are also a good way to determine a cat’s age. Signs of cloudiness (cataracts) in the lens would indicate that the cat is probably over 12 years old. The iris of an old cat is also much more jagged and crackly than that of a kitten or young cat.

    •    The body of the animal is a good way to determine cat age. An old cat is likely to be less toned and have extra skin as well as more protruding shoulder blades. Younger cats that aren’t malnourished are likely to be in good shape so feel how muscular the cat is.

    •    Behaviour can also sometimes provide the answer to determining cat age. Younger cats are generally more playful while an old cat will probably sleep more.

    •    If you got the pet cat from a rescue centre then they probably will have done everything they can to determine the cat’s age and as long as it is healthy it shouldn’t be too much of a concern.

    •    If you have found a stray cat, take it to the vet to determine the cat’s age and to give it a thorough check over.

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