Just as improved diets and medical care have resulted in increased life expectancy in people, advances in nutrition and veterinary care have increased the life span of pet cats. The result is a growing population of aging cats; in the U.S., for example, it is estimated that 20% of pet cats are 11 years of age or older.
According to the charity International Cat Care, cats reach the "geriatric" life stage at the age of 15 (the equiv
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