How can you find out how old your cat is?


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A cat's age can be estimated by examining its teeth, coat and eyes. Teeth are especially helpful for determining a feline's age, since the presence or absence of baby teeth helps narrow down an age range. Older cats sometimes display more tartar build-up, but if they regularly see a vet for cleaning, this is less reliable. Senior cats can develop white or gray patches of fur.

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Kittens and adult cats have bright, clear eyes with no discharge or tearing. As they age, their eyes may cloud over or start to leak.

If a cat has not had a lot of dental work done, veterinarians often prefer to examine the teeth to estimate age. When a cat is around 3 to 4 months old, permanent teeth are coming in; by 6 months, the process should be complete. When the cat is 1 year old, the teeth are white and clean, but by age 2, there is evidence of tartar buildup, which appears as yellowing in the back teeth. By the time a cat is 5 years old, all the teeth may be yellow and display some wear. As the cat ages, pigment becomes more visible on the gums, and some teeth may be missing.

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