Fluffy’s Aging Process

Did you know that the average kitty lifespan increased by a year between the years 2002 and 2012? That’s great news! We’re also happy to report that many of our feline patients now live well into their teens or even 20’s. But how does that translate into kitty years? A Rochester, NY vet offers some insight onto this below.

Lifespan Changes

This latest extension of the average kitty lifespan isn’t the only one we’ve seen in recent years. In the 80’s, Fluffy’s average lifespan was just 7 years. By 1995, it was nine years. What’s behind these changes? Developments in veterinary medicine definitely play a role. There’s also been a growth of awareness of how to keep cats healthy. For example, more people are keeping their kitties indoors and getting them fixed.

Age Scale

You may have heard that adage about how one year translates into nine kitty years. That actually isn’t true. It’s more of a sliding scale. Fluffy goes through her childhood very quickly, as anyone who has ever raised their pets from kittenhood can attest. By the time your furry friend is one, she’ll be about the same physical age as a 16-year-old human. A two-year-old kitty is about 21 in human years. After that, you can roughly estimate it by calculating four cat years to one calendar year. For instance, a 15-year-old furball is about 73 in human age.


Want to help your kitty make it to 21? First and foremost, provide her with great food. Keeping up with Fluffy’s veterinary care is also very important. In addition to bringing your feline pal in regularly for exams and wellness care, watch for signs of illness. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything wrong. Another thing that will help is just keeping your pet stress-free. Toys, beds, and lots of love and attention all help!

Crème Puff

We can’t really discuss kitty aging without talking about a truly exceptional furball. The oldest known cat was a kitty named Crème Puff, who made it all the way to 38. Even more astonishing was Crème Puff’s diet, which consisted of bacon, coffee with heavy cream, asparagus, eggs, and broccoli. It’s worth noting that this is definitely not an approved diet. Ask your vet for tips on feeding Fluffy.

Do you have questions about your aging cat? Contact us, your Rochester, NY animal clinic, today!

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