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Life Stages of Cat Years
Tracking Cats from Kittenhood Through Their Senior Years

Tracking Cats from Kittenhood Through Their Senior Years

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Cats go through three main stages of aging. Their nutrition needs, activity levels, and veterinary care will vary during these three stages.

Three Life Stages of Cat Years

  • Kittenhood
    Kittenhood lasts from birth to one year (Approximately 15 in human years.) This year, especially the first six weeks, marks the fastest growth of a cat's life. A diet of kitten food (at least for the first nine months), regular veterinary care, and training, all set the standards for future health and well-being.
  • Maintenance Years
    During the maintenance years of one to approximately 10 years, growth has ceased, and the activity level may start declining toward the end of this life stage. A nutritious diet of adult food, encourage of exercise with interactive toys, and routine veterinary care will help guarantee your adult cat's continuing good health.
  • Senior Years
    Cats are generally considered seniors at the age of 10 years. Veterinary care becomes increasingly important, in order to detect early symptoms of diseases which target older cats.
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