Adult Cats: What To Expect

Adult cats are all grown up and have the world at their paws. Find out how what’s in store for older cats with our quick-and-easy primer.

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When your cat reaches 3 years old he is considered an adult. Olezzo/iStock/Thinkstock
Melissa Kauffman

No longer young cats, adult cats know who they are and exactly how you should serve them. These felines have played muse to many great artists with their cool cat ways and will definitely inspire you, too. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know to about your adult cat.

Adult Cat’s Age Range

The cat adult life stage is a long one, from age 3 through to age 10. Cats age 3 to 6 are considered to be in their prime, while cats 7 to 10 are considered mature. Cats don’t hit their senior years until age 11.

Energy Levels In Older Cats

Adult cats are definitely too cool for school and have put their silly kitten antics behind. Expect adult cats to be more active in the mornings and evenings. Beware that their wild relatives hunt at night, so adult cats might also be active in the middle of the night. In general, this is the stage where cats calm down and are less active, sometimes a little too less active. Keep their brains and body spry by enriching their environment. Play with them in the morning and evening, give them interactive toys and high places to jump, and make them work for their treats by hiding tasty goodies around the house and in toys.

Feline Sleep Patterns

Cats sleep for a large part of the day — around 16 hours. Cats have two stages of sleep — REM and non-REM — while we humans have five. So expect your cat to dream, which mainly occurs during the REM phase. And you might even catch him snoring!.

Impacts Of Activity And Eating

You should feed your adult cat a diet appropriate for his life stage and activity level. It’s not uncommon for adult cats to have weight problems, because they’re a little less active but still like to chow down. Keeping them active will help, but if they have a weight problem, they’ll have to go on a kitty diet. Talk to your veterinarian if you have any questions about what and how much to feed your cat.

Potty Training And Litter Box Use In Old Cats

Expect adult cats to have bowel movements about every day. They typically use their litter box about 20 to 30 minutes after eating. Adult cats can experience constipation or loose stools. These issues may be resolved with just a change in food, but you should go to the veterinarian to get your cat checked in case it is a more serious health problem.

Meowing As Communication

Adult cats meow for a number of reasons: When they want food, when protesting something or wanting affection, when they want to go in or out of somewhere they can’t get out of and when they are distressed. Excessive meowing can indicate boredom, loneliness or a medical issue.

Vet Visits

No one likes to go to the doctor, and cats are notorious for not wanting to go. But annual vet visits are important, because you can establish a baseline to compare your cat to for the rest of his life. You’ll definitely want to do annual exams along with blood work. Deciding and getting on a vaccination schedule is imperative during the adult life stage. During annual exams, you’ll also discuss diet, dental care, and parasites control, like flea products.

Feline Products and Stuff

Adult cats need all the cat care basics: collar, ID tag, food, food and water bowls, litter, litter scoop, at least two litter boxes, a flea comb, brush, nail clipper and carrier. Keep adult cats active with cat trees, scratching posts and interactive toys.

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