Understanding How Cats and Dogs Age
Most people have a general idea of how their pets age. It’s widely known that our furry companions grow older much more quickly than humans. But it’s important to understand what the exact age equivalent is so owners can care for their animals appropriately through the years.
According to veterinarian Dr. Anna O’Brien, a 1-year-old puppy is full of vibrancy and energy, similar to a child of the same age. When a dog turns 5, it is in its prime, just like a 35-year-old person. A 10-year-old canine can be compared to a 70-year-old and walks with a slower pace and is more docile.
There is a misconception that, similarly to dogs, cats age seven times faster than humans. But their life cycle is much more nuanced. According to Catster, during a feline’s first year, it progresses to age 15 in human years. Once cats turn 2, they are actually closer to the age of 24. Subsequently, the actual age of cats as compared to humans can be calculated as four years for every full calendar cycle. For example, a 5-year-old feline would be 36 in cat years.
As your pet grows older, you will no doubt see the physical and personality changes. It’s important to help keep it as active as possible and fuel its energy through an appropriate diet.