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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-25-2005, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
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Aging a Cat!

Just wondered how you can tell a cats age as the people at the cats protection said they think she is over ten years old so decided to say she was 12, just wondered if I just took it at that or if there was another way to double check!! I know its not important but I do like to celebrate my cats birthdays so would be nice to give her a number to go with them.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-25-2005, 12:06 PM
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Vets can tell roughly by the teeth. I'm not sure what it is exactly they look for, and some vets seem to be better at it than others, but that's what they look at


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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-25-2005, 12:41 PM
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My cats have had estimates of their ages with a spread of about 100 percent variation between the shelter and two different vets. For example, Mellie was estimated at one year when I adopted her. At her first physical exam, the vet said she was about six months. About six months later she went to a different vet, who said she was about two years old. So, I have no idea.....
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-25-2005, 04:46 PM
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During th time when they have thier kitten teeth or just shortly thereafter you can tell by the teeth but after that the amount of varyation makes it very unreiable. Some cats have good teeth so thier age would be estimated much younger then they may be and soemthat have bad teeth could be estimated as to being much older.

My 7year old girls teeth look like they are maybe 3 but 1 of my 2year old boys teeth looks like a 8-9 year old so teeth ageing is very unrelyable.

My vet pretty much said that after they loos teh kitten teeth it is almost impossiable to acuretly tell the age fromt eh teeth due to the difference in how kitties teeth build up plauqe and tarter which is what they look at to age via the teeth.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-26-2005, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanl you all for your replies. I guess I will just have to take it as she is 12 years old (unless my own vet states otherwise then).

Not that I will have her for another month at least! Sob!!

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