|Every once in a while, I receive an unsolicited e-mail that isn’t about taking a pill to improve my life between the sheets. The other day, I got a message from Cat Age that challenged me to find out the “real” age of my cat. Being a curious cat owner and wanting to avoid doing the bills, I tried it out.
The questionnaire is fairly long but it’s also very thorough and informative. It considers current age, weight, physical activity, diet and feeding practices, health care, behavioral issues, social interaction, possible disease and health conditions, and safety. It also provides detailed information about your answers and some interesting cat data such as the fact that 35 to 45 percent of cats are obese.
I am proud to sat that my cat Ed is 13.1 years younger than the average cat age for his breed (mixed). Considering that the average cat lives 15 to 17 years, he should be around another nine years or so, especially if I start brushing his teeth.
Kelly is a pet writer. She lives in the Boston area with her three pit bulls and one neurotic cat.
November 5th, 2009