It isn’t easy to not think of your cat as a baby when you’re a cat parent. Even after their golden years, it’s still easy to consider them a baby. Many cats keep their youthful behaviour throughout adulthood. This makes it difficult to ask: When are cats fully grown, adults? And at what age is a cat full-grown? When a kitten is born into a cat’s life, it depends on its breed and age.
What is the Full-Grown Age of Cats?
You have one day a kitten, and then they become a big cat. Although it may seem like cats grow in a day, they go through five stages of life, according to the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and American Animal Hospital Association life stage guidelines. To determine when your cat is fully grown, you can check into their category.
- Kitten (birth to six months)
- Junior (6 months to 2 years).
- Prime (three to six-year)
- Mature (seven to ten years).
- Senior and geriatric (11 and older)
Like their human counterparts, kittens go through the developmental stages in weeks and months until they reach the age of 2. What age is full-grown in cats? About one year. At around one year old, cats reach adulthood. They move into the prime stage. This is your cat’s final stage when they are in their 20s and 30s. They are young adults with lots of energy and stamina.
Your veterinarian will help you determine the ideal weight for your cat as they age into adulthood. They can also recommend a diet plan to optimize your cat’s health. This plan can be modified as your cat enters each stage of life. This visit is important so that baselines can be established. It will allow you to monitor your cat’s health as they age.
What effects do gender and breed have on a cat’s size?
Your cat will reach full size once they are officially grown up. Their genetics determine a cat’s size. The average cat is between 6 and 12 pounds in weight and approximately 18 inches and 10 inches in height. Although their weight can fluctuate with age, physical characteristics such as size, eye colour, body length and texture are all fully developed at two. Male cats are generally larger than female cats in terms of height, length, and weight. This is common among mammals; reports Merck Veterinary Manual state that the smallest and most large domestic cats weigh between 5 and 10 pounds. However, this is a significant difference for small animals like the house cat. There are many cat breeds around the globe. The International Cat Association recognizes both pedigree and mixed breed cat breeds. Each one has its size.
Remember that average cats are based on healthy cats with a high body condition score and weight. These averages may be different for overweight or underweight cats. It is important to talk to your veterinarian to determine a healthy weight for your cat to keep them as healthy as possible.
Mixed-Breed and Pedigree Cats
A pedigree cat breed will give you a better idea of their actual size. However, a mixed breed can be difficult to determine. A certified pedigree cat breed like the Maine Coon will give you a big furry friend. Male Maine Coons can reach up to 25 pounds and be up to 40 inches in length. The Singapura is the smallest cat breed and weighs in at eight pounds. It measures only eight inches high and twelve inches long. Singapura is smaller than other cat breeds, and they reach adulthood around two years later.
Mixed breed cats can be a beautiful combination of several breeds, creating a unique cat. You never know what you might get. It is fun to see the dominant traits that your mixed-breed cat acquires as they become an adult.
You will have an idea of your cat’s temperament and social-emotional needs if you’ve had them since they were kittens. You will also know where your cat likes to nap and their favourite toys. You want your furry friend to grow up with a nutritious, well-balanced meal plan tailored for their age. This will ensure they get all the vitamins and nutrients they require.