When is a cat actually an old cat? As with humans, cats are as old as they feel. Nevertheless, it can be said that, from a certain age on, velvet paws can theoretically be described as seniors. This manifests itself over the years also in the fur nose.
With increasing age, both the physical condition and the needs of cats change. Growing old always means a change. For example, a 15-year-old Miez will no longer be as fiddly and fast-paced as a one year old cat. But what about the cat's age in terms of numbers?
Old cat: That makes her a senior
Basically, it can be said that although cats quickly become adult cats, they take a relatively long time to be "old" in the end. Compared to human years, a 2-year-old cat equates to a 24-year-old man. For example, the double date, four cat years, is on the same level as a 32-year-old human being. At six, a cat is about 40 human years old.
Some representatives of the cat food industry speak already in 8-year-old cats of seniors. This would mean that 48-year-olds would also be seniors. At this point, most 48-year-olds would probably protest. It would certainly be more sensible to talk about seniors starting with a two-digit cat age. A 12 year old cat is about 64 human years old.
Life expectancy of cats
Incidentally, the average life expectancy of a domestic cat is approximately 15 years, depending on race, condition, health care and the like. Individual cases can be younger or even older, about 20 or even 26 years old, which would then be more than 100 years old people.
An old cat often has different needs
As mentioned above, the needs of a cat change with advancing age. For example, many elderly velvet paws sleep and cuddle more than young cats, thus becoming more comfortable and affectionate. As with humans, typical "old-age moths" such as absent-mindedness or stubbornness can creep in. Also, certain preferences often change, such as cat food or eating habits in general. Older cats usually have a different energy requirement than young cats, who play, run and romp all day long. For example, you usually need fewer calories, but more high-quality protein and vitamins.
Talk to your veterinarian about the needs of older cats and, most importantly, about what diseases can creep in as they age. These include age-related conditions such as osteoarthritis, joint problems, impaired functions of the kidneys or other organs and other complaints. Old cats can also get dementia.