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What is one year in cat years

In cat years, one year is equivalent to about nine human years. This is because cats live about twice as long as humans. In a human lifetime, it would take about 18 human years for a cat to live to be 18 years old.

How do you calculate a cat's age?

Cats age at the same rate as they live, so they do not get any older or younger between birth and death. A cat's age is calculated by counting the number of times they reach the previous birthday. For example, if a cat lives to be five years old and then dies of old age, the cat would only have lived to be 2.5 cat years.

Can you tell how old a cat is by looking at him?

While cats do not age at the same rate as humans, they do show some characteristics of aging. This can include some of the following:

Bone changes

Cats tend to become less mobile as they grow older. This is because their bones become more brittle and less flexible, making it more difficult for them to walk.

Loss of teeth

Cats lose their milk teeth as they get older. This is because these teeth are replaced with the permanent teeth at about 6 months.

Weight gain

Cats can gain weight as they age. This can be because they eat more food and more of their food is rich in calories.

Skin changes

Cats tend to have more saggy skin as they age. This is because the skin becomes less elastic and constantly needs to be stretched to make it fit around their body.

Changes in the eyes

Cats tend to develop dry eye syndrome, which is caused by the lower eyelids closing. This can make the eyes appear red and irritated.

Changes in the ears

Cats tend to develop sores in their ears as they age. This is because they are less able to keep their ears clean.

Changes in vision

Cats can develop cataracts, which are a type of clouding of the lens of the eye. This can make it more difficult for the cat to see.

Other changes

Cats often develop hair loss as they get older. This is because the hair follicles become damaged from the chemicals in the environment.

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