How old is my cat?

Aging your cat in comparison to Humans


Notice that on the left side of the table are “Life Stages”. Cats just like us go through several life stages. Our needs and our cats needs change depending on their life stage.

Choose your cats “life stage” below and will tell you what import things you can do to keep your cat healthy now and prepare for the future as your cat ages.

The experiences of birth and the speed at which young kittens grow and change would almost seem magical. Being able to enjoy this experience with a pet that you love is a very rewarding experience. Knowing how to prevent problems and give proper care will help insure a great experience with a wonderful outcome. Neonates are from the time kittens are born until they are about 6 weeks old but proper care begins even before conception.

Neonates have special needs and can be very susceptible to environmental extremes, nutritional insufficiencies and some diseases. Prevention and early detection of problems is the best way to insure happy and healthy kittens at an early age.

  • Insure queen is up to date on all vaccines prior to breeding
  • Check and comply with all breed requirements to insure bad traits are not passed on
  • Insure you can easily find good homes for the kittens prior to breeding
  • Start feeding the mom a high quality kitten food 3-4 weeks prior to expected delivery
  • Insure queen is at a good body condition (not too fat or too skinny)
  • Set up a whelping and nursery area several days prior to whelping
    • Draft free, warm, quite area (minimize anything that may cause stress).
    • Guard rails to prevent kittens from being crushed, and material that is easy to clean and disinfect.
  • Read over and understand stages of parturition (giving birth), and know when and how to intervene and when to call a veterinarian when needed.
  • Insure the new borns receive adequate colostrum.
  • Weigh kittens when born
  • Weigh daily for the first 14 days and record weights, then weigh every 3 days for the first month of life
    • slight weight loss may be seen the first 24 hr. thereafter there should be a gain of .03-.1 ounce gain daily per every lb of expected adult weigh
  • Young neonates cannot regulate body temperature very well, you need to maintain an environmental temperature of between 80 – 90 degrees for the first 4 weeks of life.
  • Broad spectrum de-wormer should be used starting at 3 weeks of age and then continued every 2 weeks until over 16 weeks of age.
  • The first set of vaccines are given at 6-8 weeks, an examination should also be done at this time.
  • Follow up vaccines are given every 3 weeks until the kittens are over 16 weeks old

This list should be used as a guide to help understand many of the important aspects of neonatal care. To completely understand each important area more information may be needed. Please ask for more information on anything that may not be completely understood and we will be happy to help.

Congratulations on your new kitten! Getting a new kitten is like having a baby. They require training, patience, attention, medical care and lots of love! They will claw your furniture, scratch you and treat your skin like it is their favorite scratching post. But nothing compares to the way that they make you feel when they cuddle up to you, purring and showing how much they love you.

Your pet is considered a kitten from 6 weeks to 1 year old.

Taking care of your kitten includes:

  • Doctor exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Parasite control
  • Training
  • Oral care
  • Socialization
  • Grooming
  • Proper Nutrition
  • Having them spayed or neutered if you’re not planning to breed.

An exam by a doctor is extremely important to make sure that your kitten is healthy. Kittens can be born with problems that most new owners would never know about: such as heart issues or fatal viruses contracted from their mother. Vaccinations for your kitten are based upon your pet’s lifestyle and age. Kittens less than 9 weeks will need 4 sets of vaccines while older kittens will need less.

Your Veterinary staff is your best ally when it comes to the health, behavior and nutritional needs of your new furry family member. Ask us anything!

Now that you have vaccinated and spayed or neutered your furry friend, there are some very important things that you need to remember for the health of your cat. Training at this age is vital and is something you cannot skimp on. Make sure that your pet knows where to scratch and how hard to play with you. Contrary to popular belief, cats can be trained. Work on this every day, and train the whole family as well! Your cat is considered a junior from 7 months to 3 years. Taking care of your junior includes:

  • Doctor exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Parasite control
  • Training
  • Oral care
  • Socialization/Play
  • Grooming
  • Proper nutrition

An exam by a doctor is extremely important to make sure that your junior is healthy. They need to have vaccinations every year, but more importantly they must have a yearly physical exam. Remember that one of their years is 7 of ours. They age very fast so changes happen quickly. They need to be dewormed monthly and have interaction with other people and pets. Socialization is vital at this age, without it, your cat could become a recluse.

Start brushing their teeth now. It will be much easier to provide good oral care if they are used to having this done. Cats don’t need baths as often because they groom themselves, but bathing will help get them used to the water so it isn’t so traumatic later on in life.

Our Wellness Cat packages will help you budget for your pets medical care for the year!

  • Cat package includes: Annual exam with vaccines, FELV-FIV test, 10 ml Strongid dewormer & 4 chews of a broad spectrum de-wormer, complete fecal & urinalysis exam for $15.95/month
  • Cat Plus package includes: Cat package PLUS dental cleaning with pre-anesthetic blood work and x-rays for $34.95/month
  • Other discounts included with a wellness plan

Your Veterinary staff is your best ally when it comes to the health, behavior and nutritional needs of your furry family member. Ask us anything!

Your cat is in the prime of his/her life between the ages of 3-6 years old. Socialization and play time are vital to keeping your furry family member from becoming destructive. Have mentally stimulating toys for them to play with, especially when you are not around.

Taking care of your cat in the prime of his/her life includes:

  • Doctor exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Parasite control
  • Mentally stimulating toys
  • Oral care
  • Socialization
  • Grooming
  • Adult nutrition

An exam by a doctor is extremely important to make sure that your prime cat is healthy. They need to have vaccinations every year, but more importantly they must have a yearly physical exam. Remember that one of their years is 7 of ours. They age very fast so changes happen quickly. They need to be dewormed monthly and have interaction with other people and pets.

Cat food that is labeled as high protein is not necessary. The extra protein will cause damage to their liver and kidneys in the long run. A fully balanced adult cat food formula may be sufficient or your vet can recommend a food that best fits your cats’ needs.

Our Wellness Cat packages will help you budget for your pets medical care for the year!

  • Cat package includes: Annual exam with vaccines, FELV-FIV test, 10 ml Strongid dewormer & 4 chews of a broad spectrum de-wormer, complete fecal & urinalysis exam for $15.95/month
  • Cat Plus package includes: Cat package PLUS dental cleaning with pre-anesthetic blood work and x-rays for $34.95/month
  • Other discounts included with a wellness plan

Your Veterinary staff is your best ally when it comes to the health, behavior and nutritional needs of your furry family member. Ask us anything!

A mature cat is defined as one who is around middle age. Cats of this age usually enjoy good health, but there are some things that can be done to monitor for disease that we see at increased frequency as aging occurs. Your cat is considered to be mature between the ages of 7-10 years. Taking care of your mature cat includes:

  • Doctor exams & vaccinations
  • Oral care
  • Parasite control
  • Mentally stimulating toys
  • Arthritis
  • Grooming
  • Adult/Senior nutrition
  • Blood and urine panels

An exam by a doctor is extremely important to make sure that your mature cat is healthy. They need to have vaccinations every year, but more importantly they must have a yearly, sometimes semi-annual, physical exam. They age very fast so changes happen quickly. Remember that one of their years is 7 of ours. 

Your mature furry family member should be on a fully balanced adult or senior cat food. He/she no longer requires the calories that were needed when they were younger. Staying active also helps them stay at a good weight. Cats can develop arthritis, litter box problems or may not groom themselves as well as they used to. It’s important to pay attention to how they are behaving, they may be trying to tell you something isn’t right.

Our Wellness Cat packages will help you budget for your pets medical care for the year!

  • Cat package includes: Annual exam with vaccines, FELV-FIV test, 10 ml Strongid & 4 chews of a broad spectrum de-wormer, complete fecal & urinalysis exam for $15.95/month
  • Cat Plus package includes: Cat package PLUS dental cleaning with pre-anesthetic blood work & x-rays for $34.95/month
  • Other discounts included with a wellness plan

Your Veterinary staff is your best ally when it comes to the health, behavior and nutritional needs of your furry family member. Ask us anything!

A senior cat is defined as a cat that is between mature and geriatric. This is generally the years between 11-14. Old age is not a disease; however we do see an increased incidence of disease in older age. The point of this statement is that age cannot be treated or changed but disease status can. Many people make the mistake of thinking their cat is just “getting old” but do not have it examined to see if there is something causing the signs of “old age” that can be helped or fixed.

Taking care of your senior cat includes:

  • Semi-annual Doctor exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Parasite control
  • Blood and urine panels
  • Oral care
  • Arthritis
  • Grooming
  • Senior nutrition

An exam by a doctor is extremely important to make sure that your senior cat is healthy. They need to have vaccinations every year, but more importantly they need semi-annual physical exams. Remember that one of their years is 7 of ours. They age very fast so changes happen quickly.

Cats can develop arthritis, litter box problems or may not groom themselves as well as they used to. It’s important to pay attention to how they are behaving, they may be trying to tell you something isn’t right.

Our Wellness Senior Cat packages will help you budget for your pets medical care for the year!

  • Senior Cat package includes: Annual exam & vaccines, FELV-FIV test, 10 ml Strongid & 4 chews of a broad spectrum de-wormer, senior blood work & urinalysis, semi-annual exam for $34.95/month
  • Senior Cat Plus package includes: Senior Cat package PLUS dental cleaning x-rays for $49.95/month
  • Other discounts included with a wellness plan

Your Veterinary staff is your best ally when it comes to the health, behavior and nutritional needs of your aging furry family member. Ask us anything!

A geriatric cat is defined as a cat that is at or beyond life expectancy. This age can range between 15 to 20+ years of age. We feel lucky to have our loved companion with us for this long at this life stage. We want to do everything we can to help the last part of their life be as comfortable, happy and active as possible. Veterinary care and exams can help us treat disease and give a better quality of life to our geriatric pets.

Taking care of your geriatric cat includes:

  • Semi-annual Doctor exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Parasite control
  • Blood and urine panels
  • Oral care
  • Arthritis
  • Grooming
  • Senior nutrition

Our pets age more quickly than we do and frequent physical exams are necessary to be aware of their changing bodies. More frequent physical exams are often needed for geriatric pets.

Geriatric cats need a food formulated for seniors. They generally have higher quality (don’t mistake this for quantity) proteins to make the job of the kidneys easier.

End of life decisions are difficult and emotional. Physical exams, laboratory work, assessing pain and evaluating the ability we have to help geriatric pets have a better quality of life can all aid owners in this decision making process. Quality of life scales are also available.

Our Wellness Senior Cat packages will help you budget for your pets medical care for the year!

  • Senior Cat package includes: Annual exam & vaccines, FELV-FIV test, 10 ml Strongid & 4 chews of a broad spectrum de-wormer, senior blood work & urinalysis, semi-annual exam for $34.95/month
  • Senior Cat Plus package includes: Senior Cat package PLUS dental cleaning x-rays for $49.95/month
  • Other discounts included with a wellness plan

Your Veterinary staff is your best ally when it comes to the health, behavior and nutritional needs of your aging furry family member. Ask us anything!