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Is there any way of telling the age of a cat?

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redclover79 Thu 16-Oct-08 11:52:58

We got our cat from Wood Green and were told she was approx. 4 years old, which would make her about 7 now. But she seems much older... I know with horses you can look at their teeth to estimate age, but is there any way of telling with cats?

misi Thu 16-Oct-08 22:16:01

cats.about.com/od/catcare/f/catsage.htm

RubyRioja Thu 16-Oct-08 22:17:12

If it is a tabby, you can cut it in half and count the rings wink

GodzillasGhastlyPutridBumcheek Thu 16-Oct-08 22:21:41

OOoooh, Ruby - i was going to say similar envy envy

RubyRioja Fri 17-Oct-08 08:05:10

We are clearly wearing our silly hats, and no-one else is grin

2cats2many Fri 17-Oct-08 08:07:16

vets can sometimes tell by having a look at their teeth.

redclover79 Fri 17-Oct-08 11:33:22

misi thanks for the link, she's not going grey yet so not a 'senior' then!
Ruby she's a tortoiseshell so that probably wouldn't work, I'd probably mismatch the splodges when I stuck her back together!

RubyRioja Fri 17-Oct-08 17:48:39

Passes silly hat to redclover grin

DevilishDisasterArea Fri 17-Oct-08 17:53:35

bugger ruby got there first,. although i think it is the leg you cut off.

redclover79 Fri 17-Oct-08 20:22:59

Ah yes, the leg would be the more sensible option...

jojosmaman Fri 17-Oct-08 20:45:33

damn it... I was going to go for chopping tail off...[note to self, must be quicker]

ClaireDeLoon Sat 18-Oct-08 19:56:26

Ask the vet next time you're there for a check-up. Although a vet did say to me that if they're very young or very old it's usually easy to estimate an age but if they're in the middle (2-10ish I think) they are hard to age. Then again when I got my old boy the vet said 8-10 and the current estimate for him 8 years later is 18 so they are quite accurate!

And PMSL at counting the rings

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