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 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.