Ever wonder how cats can grow so big? Sometimes, it’s hard to tell if they’re already in their prime or at their tenure years.

Like humans, kitties also have different stages of life. Every stage has a distinct appearance, attitude and how we should approach them.

l. The Kitten (0 – 6 Months)

Appearance

It mustn’t be that hard to spot a kitten. They’re tiny, shaky and can barely walk.  Everything about this stage is small – the ears, paws, and tail… so small that it makes you want to just carry it with you always to assure its safety.

Attitude

This stage is all about learning. Kittens are drop dead curious about everything in their surroundings. They are always curious, don’t get me wrong, but their energy at this young and wild age is the often cause why the cushion is destroyed, curtains are torn, and things that aren’t supposedly touched are already scrambled.

Approach

The best approach during this age is to be gentle and patient as you can be. Have him/her the necessary first-time vaccines to prevent unwanted diseases. This is the stage where they will be wild and energetic. You may have to kitten-proof your home by blocking dangerous places he/she can climb, fall or be trap into. It’s better to prevent than cure, so they say.

ll. The Junior Cat (6 months – 2 years)

Appearance

As kitty grows he/she eventually losses that palm-sized cuteness and enter a new and awkward stage. Kitty will have growth spurts that would make him/her long and lanky before she puffs up. Well, it’s that or it’s undernutrition.

Attitude

By the time she reaches 18 months, she’s more likely to be calmer than before. Kitty will start to let go of that rambunctious behavior and learn to be an adult.

Approach

She will need less supervision, but you must keep them in touch with the vet for his/her vaccination. At this stage, it is wise to start the transition from kitten food to adult cat food. In some cases, cats at this stage inflate after being spayed or neutered. It is advisable to monitor kitty’s food intake to make sure he/she is not being overfed.

lll. The Prime Cat (3 – 6 years)

Appearance

This stage is the equivalent of man’s 20 to 30’s. Kitty at this stage is at his/her peak when it comes to physical fitness. Their bodies should be buff but not overweight. By this time, their coats are now sly and shiny.

Attitude

This is the time when kitty is at his/her full natural temperament. It is different from one cat to another. They have developed characteristics depending on where and how they were raised. Whatever traits your kitties have at this age will forever be carried on. With an established territory, kitty should be playful at this age.

Approach

Even though kitty is in his/her prime health, a regular trip down the vet is advised. At this stage, they should be fully trained. From time to time, you may need to remind them about the rules but not too much. If your kitties have an unmanaged behavior, consulting a professional is the way to go. Cats at this age can still be trained.

lV. The Mature Cat (7 – 10 years)

Appearance

Age doesn’t matter but at this stage, your kitty is in her 30’s to 40’s in the human world. Their appearance doesn’t have that much change apart from weight gain. This is the stage where we often see why fat rhymes with cats.

Attitude

Some cats at this stage retain their playfulness but others tend to slow down. The bigger they get, the lazier and slow they become.

Approach

At this stage, you may want your cat to be more physically involved for they are now prone to being overweight. You should also let them have regular check-ups because they are also prone to obesity-related problems such as diabetes, high-blood pressure, thyroid or cancer. Keep your kitty healthy. Exercise!

V. Senior and Geriatric Cat (11 years – up)

Appearance

In their 11 to 14 years, they are called seniors. 14 years up, they’re already considered geriatric cats. It is during this age that the physical appearance signs of aging are now evident. The shine in their coats are now slowly disappearing.

Attitude

Kitties at this stage are very prone to diseases and mobility issues. Some kitties slowdown that they tend to forget her litter training. They are most likely to spend their days like Garfield does – being lazy. And, that’s not because they are, it’s because they are already at their days of seniority.

Approach

Geriatric cats can be a challenge to take care of. You need to closely monitor for health problems and continue those check-ups. Keep him/her comfortable as possible. Put everything he/she need within an ease of reach. If they develop health problems, it is advisable to switch her food to cat food formula to meet all their nutritional needs.

Now, the changes of your cat will no longer come as a surprise for you. The two things you need to be able to live a happy life with your kitties are patience and love. With that, every stage they enter will be a journey for you to discover and enjoy.

 

Meow for now… Kristian

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