The adage that a cat's lifespan is equivalent to seven human years is probably something you heard of. You might not be aware that this is a cat myth that many of us have come to accept. A one-year-old cat is considerably more mature than a seven-year-old child, but one human year corresponds to seven "cat years."
When a cat stares at you, it's because it wants something. Your cat is attempting to tell you it needs something, whether it's food, water, or attention. Ask your cat outright if you're having trouble understanding their needs. They probably won't mind sharing the information with you.