How to Tell a Cat's Age

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The most common way of identifying a cat's age is by looking at their teeth to see the pattern of wear, as well as tartar accumulation and tooth loss. Find out why it can be difficult to determine a cat's age to the specific year with help from a veterinarian in this free video on cat health and care.

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Hello, I'm Dr. Carrie Burhenn. I'm a veterinarian at the Feline Medical Clinic in Vancouver, Washington and I'm here today to help you tell a cat's age. This is not so easy as it may seem as some cats can vary greatly in their aging process. The most common way that we can tell a cats age is by looking at their teeth and this is a pattern of wear as well as tartar accumulation and tooth loss. But just like human beings, some cats age differently than others and at different rates. We can usually get a rough idea about how old a cat is by looking at it's teeth and it's general body build and at least give you an idea if it's a younger cat, a middle aged cat, or an older cat. As far as telling an age within a year or so, unless it's a little kitten, this is usually not possible. But most people simply need to know whether they have a very old cat or whether they have a younger cat. I hope this has been of help to you. If you have any additional questions, or if you've found a kitty and you don't know how old it is, you should take it to your veterinarian and they can probably give you a very good idea, at least approximately what age it is.

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