Stages of a Cat's Life

Stages in the Life of a Cat


Birth to 16 weeks: Kitten is just learning his way around, somewhat playful, often shy



1 to 8 years: The young cat is in his prime; his personality emerges.



16 weeks to 1 year: Still a kitten, cat is now very playful, should be spayed or neutered by 4-5 months of age to prevent pregnancy in females, fighting in males, and marking in both sexes.



8 to 12 years: The pre-geriatric cat may start to slow down, but his behavior often doesn’t change much. Preventive medicine may make a big difference at this stage of life.



12+ years: Cat enters old age, health problems may show up, pace slows, sleeps more, may be easily irritated.

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