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Old 03-04-2011, 03:03 PM
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At what age would you consider a cat to be a "senior"? Someone was telling me about their 8-year-old cat the other day, and kept saying that he was an "old cat" and a "senior cat". To me, eight is middle-aged for a cat. I would consider them a senior once they hit the double digits.
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:06 PM
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I think of Elliot as senior these days, we got him at 9 and he's 12 now and starting to act like a grumpy old man.
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:47 PM
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I would probably start calling a cat old around 12. I know what you mean though, people act like the cat is a Great Dane or something, and 8 year old cat could easily double in age.
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:58 PM
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It's because the food companies market "senior cat food" for cats that are 7yrs old and up, its says that on almost every senior bag.

Doube digits are old for me, but not ancient old lol. That said, it is good to start senior blood panels at about 7ish.
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:01 PM
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Personally, my cutoff is about 10y.
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:35 PM
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At work we consider both dogs and cats "senior" at age 7. But I personally would say a cat is getting up there at about 10. I have seen multiple cats 20+ though too.
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:39 PM
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Frankie is 9ish? Maybe 10? (can't remember) but he's starting to act a bit older. He sleeps all the time, but then, he's a cat and he has his moments. I guess about 12 is really getting up there for a cat, but then, our cats have usually made it to 19 or so years old before they've passed. Or disappeared, as cats are wont to do.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:13 PM
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To me a cat is considered senior at 10-12, leaning more towards 12 unless the cat is overweight, battling other health issues at which point it's put closer to 10.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:15 PM
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Well, since one of our cats is in his 20s and is just starting to act like an old man I would say I wait for the cat to tell me when they're a senior
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My cat will be 9 this month and I consider him an old man lol. He doesn't act old, at all... it just feels like he's been around forever.

For me I think part of it is that I'm way more used to dogs than I am cats. A 7, 8, 9 year old dog oftentimes IS old. It's easy for it to slip my mind that cats live longer.

Especially since most cats I see are grossly overweight, which is not helping their lifespan.
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