When people ask you how old your cat or dog is, think about your answer. How old do you think your pet truly is? It is a well-known fact that dogs and cats age differently than human beings do. For years, we have believed that for every human year that passes, seven years pass for a dog or a cat. Contrary to what many people believe, this is not the case! Cats and dogs age more quickly when they are young. Take a puppy, for example. The first year of a dog’s life is equivalent to about 15 human years, not 7 years. It is important to understand and recognize that for each year that goes by for a human, many more years go by for our pets. Now, it’s possible to more accurately determine how much your pet ages each year.
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When it comes to dogs, there is a lot of variation in the amount they age in a year. For this reason, society has formulated a generalized and incorrect average stating that throughout each human year, a dog ages seven years. The dog’s breed and overall size play a large role in determining how much they will age in their first year of life. Smaller dogs tend to live longer, and so they tend to age more in the first year than a larger dog would. On the other hand, large dogs age at a slower pace, but are considered to be “elderly” at the age of five. Medium-sized dogs fall right in between when it comes to maturation and how long they will live. If you want to determine your pet’s age correctly, you can! If you know your pet’s weight, you can utilize an online veterinarian chart to estimate their age. If you are unsure of your pet’s weight, there are other ways to estimate their age. Start by looking at your dog’s teeth. The size and wear of the teeth can help you estimate how old your dog is. If you are still unsure and are seeking a more definitive answer, take your dog to the veterinarian for a closer look at their eyes, hair, and skin. They will be able to provide you with an accurate age estimation. Most dogs live for about 10 to 12 human years.
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Similarly, many people believe that cats age seven years throughout each human year. Cats age in a similar way to dogs in that they age very quickly throughout their first year of life. In order to estimate your cat’s actual age, consider these numbers – in their first year of life, a cat typically ages 15 years. In their second human year, a cat will age 10 cat years, and then for every human year after that, a cat will age about four years. Remember that this is just an estimation! Typically, cats age more gracefully than dogs because they live a more relaxed lifestyle and do not exert as much physical energy on a daily basis as a dog would. All cats age the same, whether they are indoor or outdoor pets. On average, a domesticated cat will live for about 15 years, while an outdoor cat will typically live from 12 to 15 years. Outdoor cats are more at risk to dangers like cars, poisonous plants, and extreme weather conditions, which can decrease their chances of survival.
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Now that you know how to accurately estimate your pet’s age, you can celebrate its birthday! If you are unsure of your pet’s exact date of birth, make one up and celebrate anyway. Search for a recipe that contains safe ingredients for your pet, then bake a special treat for the big day. Invite animal friends over or go to the park or pet store to buy a new toy. Most importantly, spend time with your pet on its birthday by playing games and bonding. Your pet will continue to love you unconditionally and you will create memories that will last a lifetime!