Caring For Your Senior Cat
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that once your feline friend reaches its golden years, special attention and provisions are needed to reach the new needs of your cat. Generally cats over 7 years are considered ‘seniors’ and may start to experience common senior cat problems such as; Arthritis, mobility issues, dental disease and obesity. These are some of the more common ailments associated with your golden aged friend and scheduling regular visits to your local vet is advised, just to stay on top of your cats health! Listed below are some helpful tips on keeping your cat happy and healthy throughout what some may say are the best years of his life.
- Pay attention to changes
Whether these changes are to do with your cats eating and drinking habits, an increase or decrease in vocalization, changes in affection levels, activity levels or litter box habits; it is crucial that you stay on top of these as even a subtle change can be a potential red flag. If there is a medical problem, the sooner it is addressed the better the chance of it being corrected.
- Keep your senior cat inside
Cats kept exclusively indoors live longer and healthier lives than outdoor cats. If you do have an outdoor cat, it is advised that you only let him outdoors with supervision. Plus, it’s true that even older cats can learn to be happy indoors if you provide them with an environment that is enriching and comfortable!
Proper nutrition can add years to your cat’s life, which is why it is so important to feed them food that is formulated to meet the needs of a senior cat. Scientifically, it is proven that a diet that contains antioxidants and essential fatty acids can help your senior cat live up to 12 months longer than feeding a ‘general’ cat food. As cats get older they tend to become less active, which is why senior cat obesity is such a problem. If you notice sudden weight loss or weight gain in your cat it is crucial you take them to the vet as this can be a sign of many health problems.
- Regular vet checks
When your cat was a young, active feline it was perfectly normal to take him to the vet once a year for an annual vaccination, however as they reach these senior years it is recommended that they visit at minimum once every 6 months. Overall, making sure you follow these helpful hints as well as paying close attention to any changes in your cat will help make sure he lives his last years comfortably and happily.