I wouldn’t Consider My Boys Mature…

6 06 2011

However, according to the AAFP/AAHA Feline Life Stages they are mature because they fall into 7 to 10 years-old age range. When he is hungry, Rembrandt has the agility of a four-legged ninja. Rinaldo has a baby face that would still get him card if he was a 35-year-old human.

Feline life stages include:

  • Kitten (birth to 6 months). Kittens have a high play drive, so toys can help prevent biting during play. Ask your veterinarian about socialization techniques to get them accustomed to handling, car transport, and encounters with children or other animals.
  • Junior (7 months to 2 years). Inter-cat aggression, eliminating outside the litter box, urine or marking may develop at this stage.
  • Prime (3 to 6 years) and Mature (7 to 10 years). Your cat may begin to play less, so it’s important to make sure they still get enough exercise to avoid weight gain.
  • Senior (11 to 14 years) and Geriatric (15 years and older). Older cats showing signs of behavioral changes like vocalization or changes in litter box usage should always be evaluated for an underlying medical condition.

AAFP/AAHA Feline Life Stage Guidelines.

 Picture Below: Slinky, my first black “kitten”. Although he is no longer here physically, his memory lives on.