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Posted on Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Calculating Your Cat’s Age

Cat Years

A couple of weeks ago, we showed you how to calculate your dog’s age in dog years. We didn’t forget about our feline friends! Just like dogs, cats age very rapidly during their first two years of life. A cat reaches the approximate human age of 15 during its first year, then 24 at age 2. Each year after, it ages approximately four “cat years” for every calendar year. This means that a 5-year-old feline would be approximately 36 in cat years.

This chart from The Cat Owner’s Manual will help you calculate your cat’s age:

 

It’s worth pointing out that cats who lives outdoors age far more quickly, perhaps even twice as fast, than an indoor cat. Typically, indoor cats may live 12 to 18 years, with many surviving into their 20s. Outdoor cats face greater threat of accident and/or illness, and average roughly 10 years.

How old is your cat in cat years?