The KittyCorner cat age calculator

Discover your cat's age in human years! Our calculator accounts for breed, size, and age, offering the most accurate conversion.

Our cat age calculator estimates your cat’s age in human years based on its breed, size, and age.

Below is some information about how we make our calculations.

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Our cat age calculator formula

The calculation follows a formula where the first year of a cat’s life is equivalent to 15 human years, the second year is equivalent to 9 more human years, and each year after that is considered 4 human years.

Breed factors

The calculator also considers the breed and size of your cat when estimating its age in human years. Some breeds, such as Siamese and Sphynx, tend to have longer lifespans, so the calculator adjusts the result to reflect a slightly younger human age equivalent. This means that a cat of these breeds may have more years left to live compared to a human of the same age.

On the other hand, breeds like Maine Coon and Ragdoll typically have shorter lifespans, so the calculator adjusts the result to reflect a slightly older human age equivalent.

Similarly, smaller cats are estimated to have a slightly younger human age equivalent compared to larger cats, as they tend to have longer lifespans.

Example 1:

Below is a simple explanation of how the cat age calculator works for a 5-year-old Siamese cat weighing 6 pounds.

First, the calculator starts with a base age of 24 years for a 2-year-old cat.

Then, it adds 4 human years for each additional cat year after 2. So, for a 5-year-old cat, it adds 12 human years (3 x 4) to the base age of 24, giving a starting point of 36 human years.

Next, the calculator adjusts this age based on the Siamese breed factor of 0.83 (see chart below) and the small size factor of 0.9 for a 6-pound cat (see chart below).

It multiplies 36 by 0.83 and then by 0.9, resulting in a final estimated human age of about 27 years old for your 5-year-old Siamese cat.

Example 2:

Let’s instead assume that our 5-year-old cat is a Manx weighing 15 pounds.

As before, the calculator starts with a base age of 24 years for a 2-year-old cat and adds 4 human years for each additional cat year after 2.

Again, for a 5-year-old cat, it adds 12 human years (3 x 4) to the base age of 24, giving a starting point of 36 human years.

Now, the calculator adjusts this age based on the Manx breed factor of 1.32 and the large size factor of 1.1 for a 15-pound cat.

It multiplies 36 by 1.32 and then by 1.1, resulting in a final estimated human age of about 52 years old for your 5-year-old, 15-pound Manx cat.

Big difference, right? That heavyset Manx cat is almost twice as “old” in human years as the slim SIamese cat.

Size Weighting Factors:

Smaller cats tend to live a bit longer than older cats, so we multiply by 0.9 for small cats, 1.0 for medium-sized cats, and 1.1 for larger cats.

  • Small (5 to 8 pounds / 2.3 to 3.6 kg): 0.9
  • Medium (9 to 12 pounds / 4.1 to 5.4 kg): 1.0
  • Large (13 to 20 pounds / 5.9 to 9.1 kg): 1.1

Breed weightings

To calculate the breed weightings, we divided the average lifespan of that breed by the midpoint of the lifespan range for each breed. This ensures that breeds with longer lifespans have a multiplier-factor less than 1 (adjusting the human age equivalent to be younger), while breeds with shorter average lifespans have a multiplier-factor greater than 1 (adjusting the human age equivalent to be older).

Breed Lifespan (Years) Weighted Value
Abyssinian 9-15 1.21
American Bobtail 13-15 1.03
American Curl 15+ 0.97
American Shorthair 15-20 0.83
American Wirehair 7-12 1.52
Australian Mist 14-19 0.88
Balinese 18-22 0.72
Bengal 12-16 1.03
Birman 12-16 1.03
Blue Chartreux 12-15 1.08
Bombay 15-20 0.83
British Shorthair 12+ 1.11
Burmese 16-18 0.85
Burmilla 10-15 1.16
California Spangled 9-16 1.16
Ceylon Less Than 15 1.11
Chantilly-Tiffany 14-16 0.97
Colorpoint Shorthair 9-16 1.16
Cornish Rex 11-15 1.11
Cymric 8-14 1.32
Devon Rex 9-15 1.21
Domestic 12-14 1.11
Egyptian Mau 13-16 1.00
European Shorthair 15-22 0.78
Exotic Shorthair 12-14 1.11
German Rex 10-14 1.21
Havana Brown 12-15 1.08
Himalayan 15+ 0.97
Japanese Bobtail 15-18 0.88
Javanese 10-15 1.16
Korat 15+ 0.97
LaPerm 10-15 1.16
Maine Coon 12-15 1.08
Manx 8-14 1.32
Munchkin 12-14 1.11
Nebelung 15-18 0.88
Norwegian Forest 14-16 0.97
Ocicat 12-15 1.08
Oriental 12-15 1.08
Persian 15+ 0.97
Pixiebob Less Than 12 1.32
Ragdoll 12-17 1.00
Russian Blue 15-20 0.83
Scottish Fold Less Than 15 1.11
Selkirk Rex 12-15 1.08
Siamese 15-20 0.83
Siberian 11-15 1.11
Singapura 9-15 1.21
Snowshoe 12-15 1.08
Sokoke 9-15 1.21
Somali 10-12 1.32
Sphynx 13-15 1.03
Tonkinese 12-16 1.03
Turkish Angora 12-18 0.97
Turkish Van 12-17 1.00
Other 1.00

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Oldest Cats of All Time

Creme Puff from Austin, Texas, holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest cat, living an impressive 38 years and 3 days from August 3, 1967, to August 6, 2005.

Baby, a black domestic short-haired cat from Duluth, Minnesota, lived to be 38 years old, passing away in March 2008. She was recognized by her owner as one of the oldest cats.

Puss from Devon, England, reportedly lived to be 36 years old, from 1903 to 1939. Puss was documented by the Guinness World Records before Creme Puff took the title.

Granpa Rexs Allen, a Sphynx-Devon Rex cross, lived to be 34 years and 2 months old. Owned by the same person who owned Creme Puff, Granpa was recognized by the Guinness World Records.

Sarah, a tabby cat from New Zealand, lived to be 33 years old, passing away in 2015. Her age was confirmed by her vet, making her one of the oldest documented cats in the world.

Sasha from the UK, lived to be 32 years and 8 months old. Sasha’s remarkable lifespan was recognized by her local community and her loving owner.

Mischief from the UK, lived to the age of 31 years. She was well known in her local area for her longevity and the affectionate care given by her owner.

Rubble, a Maine Coon from Exeter, England, lived to be 31 years old. He celebrated his milestone birthdays with special treats and attention from his owner.

Nutmeg from Tyne and Wear, UK, lived to be 31 years old. He was adopted as a stray and given a loving home, where he thrived for many years.

Scooter, a Siamese cat from Mansfield, Texas, lived to be 30 years old. He was recognized by the Guinness World Records in 2016, shortly before his passing.

10 Comments

  1. Loved reading about the age calculator! It’s super neat that it adjusts for breed. I bet my Siamese is younger than me in cat years, haha.

  2. Hey PND Digest, do u think this calculator is accurate for mixed breeds too? got a rescue kitty at home, trying to figure out her age in human years.

  3. Not sure I buy this formula. Feels oversimplified. Got any science to back this up, PND Digest?

  4. Appreciate the nuance about different breeds having different life spans. It’s a detail many miss.

  5. love this! so helpful for all of us rescuing kitties without knowing their exact ages. gonna share with my rescue group!

  6. Does anyone know if there’s a similar calculator for dogs? Asking for a friend.

  7. I think it should give u a ballpark figure at least. Mixes can be hard to pinpoint though.

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