Sunday, November 12, 2006

Old Kitty

Au on the stairs
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.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes. Katz Tales was printed on Saturday. I do not really read the papers but on Saturday I will flip the Stars for a copy of Katz Tales newest post! Hehe....

katztales said...

Thanks, my neighbour showed me the title page, but she'd squirreled away the article!

Anonymous said...

thanx for the info on cat age. my mousey has been bravely guarding his bowl of biscuits from all the neighbourhood bandits... but has made good friends with the little kitten next door. hahaha...

Anonymous said...

aw... man.... my house's cat's boyfreind cam again an make big noise lo....
opps... the wrong topic....


hey i tought cat only can live to 5 years old...

and one thing... u know... my sis say cat got 9 lives..... do u all belive in this??

katztales said...

Au has used up at least one life: he was thrown out of a car when he was a kitten, and he'd been wrapped up in a rag and some plastic bags. Amazingly, he survived. Scoop dices with death every time he sits on the wall and teases the dog across the street!

katztales said...

Au has used up at least one life: he was thrown out of a car when he was a kitten, and he'd been wrapped up in a rag and some plastic bags. Amazingly, he survived. Scoop dices with death every time he sits on the wall and teases the dog across the street!