As a pet owner, I'm sure you've looked down at your little furry (or big and hairless) baby and wondered how old they would be if they were human. Well, wonder no more! We have put together some information below to help you figure it out!
Good news! A cats' life expectancy has been increasing over the last few decades.
This table shows the stages of a cats life and the equivalent in human years. Understanding the stage of life that your cat is in can help you appreciate how old they really are. Animals, especially cats, are very good at hiding how they feel and often appear a lot younger than they really are as they rarely go grey or show signs of age-related illnesses such as arthritis.
A dog's size plays a huge part in their life expectancy which is why we have included it in our table. Smaller breeds usually live longer than larger breeds which means that they mature slower. The bigger the breed, the faster they mature for example a small dog will reach seniority at around the age of 10, a medium breed at age 7, while a giant breed will reach that point at about the age of 5.
A rabbit's lifespan like most animals will depend on its size, breed (mixed breeds tend to have a longer lifespan than pure breeds), diet and environment. It is also a good idea to neuter your bunnies, especially the female ones as they are prone to getting cancer otherwise.
A healthy rabbit that is neutered and kept indoors can easily live to be 10 or 12 years old. The world's oldest rabbit called Flopsy reached the ripe old age of 18!!
Hamsters mature very quickly and on average only live to be about 3 years old and are considered to be elderly at only 1 and a half years old!
Keeping your hamster healthy can be tough as they are quite sensitive and can actually catch colds from us. So, your constant hand washing at the moment is actually very good for your hamster and may even be extending their life span.
A healthy guinea pig usually lives to be around 6-8 years old. They become fully grown at 18 months.
They are very loving and social animals which is why they need loving owners and other piggy companions. If left on their own, Guinea pigs become very lonely and can suffer from depression (I'm not crying, you are!) In Switzerland, it is considered cruel to only own 1 guinea pig and is actually illegal to do so.
Let us know how old your pets are in the comments below and if you have another type of pet that we have not included in this post, please let us know down below and we will see what we can do!