Sunday, November 12, 2006
Anonymous (hi anon!) asked about cat ages, and oddly enough our local pharmacist was asking the same yesterday.
In Malaysia so many cats don't get their shots or proper food and therefore die aged 2 or 3 years old. Here many people think a cat aged 4 is "ancient".
However, properly looked after and inoculated, pet cats can live till 15 or 16 years old. They are considered in their prime at about 6, and "getting on a bit" when they are 8, 9 and 10. After 10 they are "old-ish" and after 12 "old".
BUT cat owners tend to put their pets onto cat food specially formulated for older or senior cats when they are 9 or 10.
So at a rough guess I would say: when a cat is 6 he is about 45, when he's 10 he's 60, and when he's 15 he's 90.
Scoop is now about 12 years old and Au is 7. Scoop should eat senior cat food but he hates it and won't. If I put it in his bowl, he steals from Au or from the girls in the back lane. I have given in and am boosting his immune system with garlic, vitamin C and folic acid. (Scoop's vet believes in holistic treatments and is really clued in on this sort of stuff)
Two good places for elderly cat care tips are caring for geriatric cats and Aging Cats.
PS I missed the Star yesterday. Was there a Katz Tales printed?
PPS Here is Au lying on the stairs and looking grumpy because I woke him up.