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Default I recently rescued a female kitty named 'Lucy' who, I was told, is approximately...

Great question. This is an issue that is very hard for us veterinarians and one that can be frustrating for owners. Unfortunately, there is not an easy way to determine a cat's age. When they are below 6-7 months we can tell an age based on when their teeth are coming in. Beyond that it is a very subjective educated guess based on their size, attitude, and the condition of their teeth and in older cats changes in the lens of their eye. It is possible for young cats to have significant dental disease, specifically severe gingivitis and possible cavity-like lesions in their teeth. On the flip side though, it would be unusual to have a young cat with very heavy tartar and an infected mouth. Unfortunately, I can't give you an exact answer although I would be more inclined to believe your veterinarian.

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