Kippax Veterinary Hospital Blog

By kvhvet on 27/10/2015 3:34 PM

Many Canberra dog owners ask me if the “one year equals seven” is true anymore and “how do you figure how old a cat is”?

The old “dog years” formula (one year of a dog's life is equal to seven years of human life) never really worked for any dog, based on a comparison of the general lifespan of humans and dogs. Cats age at a more predictable rate than dogs do, mostly because we don’t see the range of size and body types we do in dogs, but the 1-to-7 formula doesn't work for them either.