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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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How do vets tell a cats age?

I know they are able to tell by looking in to the cats mouth, but what are they looking for and what does it mean?
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It has to do with the teeth. I'm not sure what they look for exactly, but I thing it has to do with the condition of the teeth, and up to a certain age, which teeth are even there.

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As far as I've always understood it -

If they've got all of their baby teeth, they're no older than a certain age. If they're missing a few and have some adult teeth, they're a different age. If they've got all of their adult teeth and they look sparkling clean, they're usually still young (like under 2 years or so) and then usually use the amount of tarter or decay to judge older cats.

Of course it can be tough in cats who have really bad teeth or really good teeth regardless of age, but just a general guideline.

Size can also help, but cats can very greatly in size so its usually not a good way to judge.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 09:33 PM
 
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Their teeth. First they look to see if they have their baby teeth, or if any are missing... then the kitty is probably less than a year.

Kitties lose and regrow their permanent teeth usually by seven months.

Then after that, they look for cleanliness, tarter, etc.

I know this because I just adopted a 1-2yo. The shelter told me this as well as the vet I took him too last night. I asked the vet to verify the shelter's estimated guess that he was 1-2yo, and she said they were right. He is definitely older than one, but not older than two.

So I have given him an age of 1.5
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