Cats go through three main stages of ageing.
Their nutrition needs, activity levels, and veterinary care will vary during these three stages.
Cats are classed as kittens from birth to one year. 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.
This video shows a lot of new firsts for some adorable Persian kittens. Reginald, one of the Persian kittens, decides to venture over to the litter box. He doesn’t know this, but Persian kittens are notoriously hard to litter box train!
The maintenance years are from one to approximately 10 years and a nutritious diet of adult food, exercise with interactive toys, and routine veterinary care will help guarantee your adult cat’s continuing good health. These years are crucial, because it is during this period that the first tendencies toward age-related disease can show up, such as feline diabetes, arthritis, or heart disease. It is important to routinely examine your cat at home, to spot any potential problems.
Cats are generally considered seniors at the age of 10 years. Senior cats suffer many of the same conditions and diseases as older humans, but careful management can vastly improve both their potential life span and their quality of life. Depending on several factors, cats may enter their senior years sometime between eight and ten years of age. Veterinary care becomes increasingly important, in order to detect early symptoms of diseases which target older cats.