Did you know there are 86 million owned cats (compared to 78 million owned dogs) in the United States? Less than half of these cats receive veterinary care. Previous posts have provided suggestions for getting your cat to the veterinarian.
Cats mature more rapidly than people (see our chart, above). Thanks to improved veterinary care and nutritional advances, cats are living longer. The average cat lives 13 – 14 years. With ongoing care, it is common for cats to live 16 – 20 years. The oldest cat I have personally seen was 29!
Most of us consider our cats to be an integral part of the family and naturally want the best for them. It is important to establish a partnership with a cat-friendly veterinarian from the beginning.
There are six life stages in the cat’s life. Each stage has different needs. We will explore these different life stages in future posts.