Lucky


How Old Is Your Cat In Human Years?

The photos above show "Lucky" during her lifetime.

The top-left photo shows her at about 8 weeks old. The top-right photo shows her at age 5 (when she became a mother of 3 orange kittens - Rocky, Luther and Miriam). The bottom photo shows her in "old age," a few days before she died of hyperthyroidism and cancer, despite the best-possible care from veterinarians, at over age 15.

If Lucky had been a human, how "old" would she have been? How can we calculate cat years to the equivalent of human years?

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It should first be recognized that Lucky was a domestic house cat all of her life, while her mother was born as a feral cat. Despite being later adopted and cared-for, Lucky's mother died of "old age" at approximately half of the lifetime of Lucky when she reached "old age."

Living conditions are therefore also a factor in accurately converting cat years to human years (the fact that humans too used to die of "old age" at about half of what is considered old age today notwithstanding).

But for domestic cats, the chart below provides a good working equivalence of "cat years" to "human years."

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Cats mature relatively much more quickly than humans. The first year is equivalent to the first 16 human years. But from age 1 onward, each cat year is approximately equivalent to 4 human years.

"Youthful"

A 1 year old cat is equivalent to a 16 year old human

A 2 year old cat is equivalent to a 24 year old human

A 3 year old cat is equivalent to a 28 year old human

A 4 year old cat is equivalent to a 32 year old human

A 5 year old cat is equivalent to a 36 year old human

"Middle Aged"

A 6 year old cat is equivalent to a 40 year old human

A 7 year old cat is equivalent to a 44 year old human

A 8 year old cat is equivalent to a 48 year old human

A 9 year old cat is equivalent to a 52 year old human

A 10 year old cat is equivalent to a 56 year old human

A 11 year old cat is equivalent to a 60 year old human

"Senior"

A 12 year old cat is equivalent to a 64 year old human

A 13 year old cat is equivalent to a 68 year old human

A 14 year old cat is equivalent to a 72 year old human

A 15 year old cat is equivalent to a 76 year old human

A 16 year old cat is equivalent to a 80 year old human

"Elderly"

A 17 year old cat is equivalent to a 84 year old human

A 18 year old cat is equivalent to a 88 year old human

A 19 year old cat is equivalent to a 92 year old human

A 20 year old cat is equivalent to a 96 year old human

A 21 year old cat is equivalent to a 100 year old human

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