My dad is sure that if our three-year-old cat was a human, he could already buy alcohol in every country in the world – by human standards, he was already 21 years old. Those who have pets know how much we love to attribute human attributes to them. We want our four-legged friends to live as long as possible and are ready to do much for it. But how can one determine the actual age of a cat or a dog? If you know the actual age of the animal, you can take action for its long and happy life. And why is it assumed that one year of a dog or cat equals seven people?
How many cats and dogs live?
Let's start with how many of our four-legged friends live. According to veterinarians, the life expectancy of cats and dogs depends in part on the breed and size. Therefore, the aging of cats and dogs is not only different from human aging, but also from each other. Larger animals usually have a shorter lifespan. The lifespan of a dachshund and a German shepherd are two different things.
Veterinarians agree that the breed of dog and its size are crucial for life expectancy. At the same time, diet and weight of the animals are important factors. As you know, cats are not very different in size. The most important aspect of their healthy and long life will therefore be primarily sterilization, nutrition and the environment.
The average life expectancy of a cat is 10-16 years, and dogs live between 10 and 13 years, depending on breed and size. By the way, on our channel in Yandex.Zen you can find more articles about scientific discoveries about pets.
We have written more than once that the duration of human life has increased significantly. This has been facilitated by a variety of factors – from the development of medicine to access to food and living conditions, to general scientific and technological advances. Agree, this also applies to pets. Proper care, proper nutrition, sterilization and vaccination can enable your pet to live a long and happy life.
Are seven years of a dog's life a year for a person?
So, we found that the life expectancy of cats and dogs is 13-15 years on average. But where does the myth come from, that seven years of conditional life of Barsik correspond to a year of human life? In fact, this assumption is not so unfounded. The fact is that a medium-sized dog, with the right care for the animal's health, lives on average one-seventh longer than its owner. Of course, people noticed that. Thus, the myth was born that seven "years of a dog's life" are equal to the year of human life.
Of course, this rule is a myth and simplifies everything a lot. However, veterinarians today are better able to support animals than they did 10 years ago. In addition, a better method for determining the age of animals is used today than one year of human life equals seven years of animal life.
Experts advise today to determine the age of the animals after the main stages of their lives. Thus, modern veterinarians divide dogs into six categories: puppies, younger, adult, mature, elderly and geriatric. The fact is that life stages are a more practical way to think about age. Think for yourself – after all, recommendations for caring for human health are based on specific stages of development, not how many you've met lately.
How do I find out the exact age of the pet?
However, experts advise you to know exactly when your cat or dog is having their birthday. The fact is that the recommendations for caring for an adult cat deviate from the recommendations for caring for a cat in old age. In other words, everything is the same as in humans: the general health of your pet has a positive or negative effect on the "actual age".
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The next time you go to the vet with your four-legged friend, discuss with your doctor what recommendations he can make for health and animal care. And do not forget that timely sterilization, vaccination, proper nutrition and stress-free treatment can help your furry friend live a long and happy life.