When a child finally turns 18, he is generally considered an adult. Your cat will touch many milestones indicating that it is becoming an adult cat, but there is no magical age that will stop the cat from growing and maturing.
Although there is no set age, there are normal age limits, where most cats usually stop growing and reach puberty. Here’s what you can expect as your cat makes that transition.
When Will Cat Breeding Stop?
Kitties usually stop growing at 12 months of age, but they still have some filling, said Dr. Nicole Fulcher, MD, assistant director of the Animal Medical Center in Mid-America. A cat is the equivalent of 15 years old.
He is thought to be fully developed by the age of 18 months, the equivalent of a 21-year-old. Although most cats stop growing at 12 months, not all cats grow at this age. But if they are still growing,
it is usually very slow from 12-18 months, so you can expect your cat to be very close to its full adult size by this time. But some cats can take up to 2 years to fully develop. Larger species, in particular, take longer. For example, may not reach their full size until they are 2 years old or older.
Cat Breeds Of Life
First, let’s talk about the average cat. Most are 18 inches long from piece to shoulder and weigh about 10 pounds in full size. Most Toby and Siamese domestic cats reach adult size within a year. But there are so many stages of growth and life before you get there!
From newborn to 6 months: This is the fastest stage in development. Your kitten will turn from a newborn with eyes closed; everything depends on the mother into a house-destroying madman, a curious kitten.
During this time, the cat’s weight increases rapidly.
A cat will gain 0.25 – 0.5 pounds per week for 10-12 weeks until their birth weight doubles. At this stage, cats are fluffy, with fur down, round faces, large toe pads (even feet) and heavy eyes. They have sharp, short teeth and small, delicate bones. They are also very active and playful.
They lose their baby teeth in about 10 weeks. By 6 months they will have adult teeth. Their symptoms become more prominent and attractive in 3-6 months.
6 Months To 12 Months: The growth rate of cats slows down at this stage. Most veterinarians consider a cat to be fully grown by the age of one year. At this stage they can switch from cat food to adult cat food. But depending on the breed, some cats are still growing and should be on the cat’s diet until they are 2 years old.
1-3 Years: Your cat is big at this stage. It may continue to grow very slowly. Most stop growing completely in 18 months. At this point your cat will look like a slender adult.
3-6 Years: This is a major part of your cat’s life. Larger breeds are still growing for one or two years, but smaller breeds have now evolved into amazing adult cats. The two spend the day hunting catnip rats, eating their delicious morsels from the food dish, taking care of them and falling asleep.
7-10 Years: This is a fully mature cat. They are still playing, but are still lagging behind. There is no other growth except around the abdomen. Proper nutrition and abundant exercise can stave off the health problems of old age.
11-14 Years: These are senior years. Age-related diseases may now appear and your cat will begin to slow down.
How Big Is My Cat?
You may look at your cat’s paws and wonder if your sweet little cat will become a monster cat, but cats are different from puppies. For cats, claws are not an indication of size as they age. But their toes are absolutely adorable.
Here are some things that will determine the size of your kitty:
Fixed or intact
No of Siblings