It is very important to know the age of your cat to be able to give him the care it needs. Many times is not known the date of birth of a pet because it is not with us since he was born. If you do not know when he was born, you will have to calculate an approximate their age based on certain observations. Even the most expert in felines can it is wrong, and it is quite complex to determine. In this article from Dinzie, you will learn how to tell the age of your cat.
The best way to know the age of a cat is by watching the dentures. The most reliable method to estimate his vital stage is considered. To look at your teeth, you will have to lift his lips gently.
Young cats have 26 teeth that are like human milk teeth, have 14 teeth in the upper jaw and 12 below. When they are born, cats do not have teeth, teeth begin to come out two weeks after birth but they may take up to four weeks to appear.
Between two and four weeks, the first incisor teeth are and they will grow until they are well visible. Three weeks, approximately, will begin to leave the canines. In its first month and a half of life, will the premolars in the lower jaw. Two months of life or even before may have left 26 teeth in full. Temporary or milk teeth will be replaced by the permanent teeth. Three or four meses´, they is going to be some of the permanent incisors and repeats the same process. At six months, your pet will already have your teeth of adult cat.
From this point on calculating the age of your cat is more complicated, and will have to pay attention to the condition of the teeth. A cat’s a year is normally white, clean and healthy teeth. Up to two years, can start to be more opaque, yellowish and with a bit of scale particularly in the back. Between three and five years, there will be spread more scale and you will notice some wear. After five years and up to ten your cat is already an adult, your teeth will present one larger decline and your gums will change color. Since ten years and already in full old age, your pet will have very worn, with long scale teeth and may be have lost teeth.
Although growth and dental wear is very helpful to know your age, it will never be an exact calculation because there are many variants that affect the State of your teeth. The mode of life, food, hygiene, health, and even their nature affect State of the mouth of your cat. If your cat has had a wild life, as normal is that his teeth more worn than if your cat, on the other hand, has always been domestic. The trajectory of life of your feline is basic to estimate his age and you must take it into account when you notice your teeth.
Another way to estimate the age of your cat is to observe his eyes. When they are infants, they have their eyes closed and a week will begin to open the eyelids with greater frequency. More or less within two weeks or before fully open his eyes, but not its pupils will dilate. At six weeks, you will see it is worth mentioning that the most significant changes is that the color of your eyes will be blue At that time, your cat will already have their final color. The iris of a small cat is smooth, but as they grow up becomes more irregular. If your cat has any cloudiness in the lens, you may have cataracts. If this is the case, it can be that your pet be reaching old age and have more than ten years.
Your cat hair can also give you a rough idea of its age. A very young cat has short, thick fur. When it grows, it becomes thinner and softer until it becomes old and, then, its fur becomes dense, thick and with certain grey areas.
A way of knowing the age of your pet is to observe and feel your muscles. It caresses your body to determine how slim or muscular which is. Normally, older cats have skin sagging and your shoulder blades protrude. When a cat is young, it tends to be more toned and in shape.
Finally, we recommend that you observe their habits. Typically, young cats are more playful and want to more physical activity. An adult cat will have more propensity to spend the day sleeping and pay less attention to toys. This is not a clear indication of its age, but it can give you a clue of which life cycle is.
This article is purely informative, in Dinzie we have no power to prescribe any veterinary treatment or perform any type of diagnosis. We invite you to to take your pet to the vet in the case that present any discomfort or illness.