Older cats need special care to keep them comfortable and healthy. Diet and exercise will need to be adjusted and regular check-ups at the veterinary clinic will help your cat live a long healthy life.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of ageing?
Cats are considered seniors, around 10 years of age. At 10-12 years old, you may notice your cat starting to have less energy, not being as playful, taking more naps, or becoming more vocal or nervous. At 13-15 years old, many begin losing their vision or hearing. They may also seem to be easily confused by small things, and sometimes they become a bit cranky. Plenty of cats these days get to live to 16 years of age or older, and these cats will likely not be as alert as they used to be, spend more time alone, spend increasingly more time sleeping or not moving around much, and may not groom themselves very well.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
There are hundreds of reasons a senior cat could begin losing weight. If you are concerned about a senior cat’s health, we recommend booking an appointment with a veterinarian. Please contact us at 388-8880.
How can I care for my senior cat?
It is very important to pay close attention to your cat’s habits and behaviour when they become senior so that you can notice any changes that may be signs of age-related health issues. You should make sure you are feeding a proper diet for your senior cat’s needs. While brushing your older cat’s teeth sounds silly, it can greatly help with future dental problems as they continue to age. Provide a lot of bedding and make sure if they have any mobility issues to keep litter boxes and food dishes easily accessible to them. Of course, the best thing you can do to care for your senior cat is to bring them for regular veterinary exams to catch any medical issues early to allow for easier treatments and hopefully a better prognosis.
What are some common health issues?
Senior cats commonly struggle with arthritis or mobility issues, dental disease, kidney and liver disease, hyperthyroidism, heart problems, digestive issues, and sometimes obesity from lack of activity.