Where has the time gone? Your little kitten is now a grey whiskered kitty cat that might need a little more love and attention. Knowing that your cat’s needs will change over the years makes you one step closer to making your cat’s life happier and healthier.
With that, we’ve come up with some tips on caring for your senior cat. Remember to contact your veterinarian if your elderly cat is showing signs of serious illness.
Schedule Regular Wellness Visits
As they age, cats will need to see their veterinarian more frequently. Developing a relationship with your cat’s veterinarian will allow subtle changes in health to be monitored and noticed. Visiting the vet can be scary and stressful for some cats. Getting him used to traveling and his carrier, as well as keeping the visit as calm and relaxed as possible will reduce your cat’s stress and make the vet visit a positive experience.
PRO TIP: Come up with a list of questions before the appointment that you might have for your vet about your cat’s senior health.
Know Your Cat
You know your cat better than anyone else. If you see small changes in appetite, energy or behavior tell your veterinarian. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Signs of ‘slowing down’ and loss of appetite can sometimes indicate more serious issues. As we all know, cats can be very sneaky and hide if they aren’t feeling well. Keep a watchful eye and don’t ignore the signs.
Watch What They Eat
Changing your cat’s diet to meet their nutritional needs can help keep your senior cat healthy and happy. As stated above, loss in appetite can be a sign for more serious issues, so keeping an eye on their eating habits can help you monitor your seniors’ health. A quick weight loss or gain should be an alarm to schedule a visit with your cat’s veterinarian. Many serious diseases, such as hyperthyroidism, intestinal disease, chronic diseases, and diabetes are tied to rapid changes in weight.
Look at the Litter
Even though it is stinky business, your senior cat’s waste can tell a lot about their health. Have you seen a change in your cat’s doo? Change in color and consistency are indicators that something has changed in their nutritional intake or health. Cat urine can also be cues for many common illnesses in senior cats, like kidney disease. If your cat isn’t making it to the litter box, they could be telling you something is wrong. Urinary infections, constipation, arthritis and muscle weakness are just some of the reasons that something is not right.
They aren’t as young as they used to be, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t like to play. Playing with your senior cat with interactive toys, puzzle toys, and leash walking can keep them fit and their minds sharp. It can also keep their joints and muscles healthy, too! In addition, allowing for easier accessible sleeping spaces with extra padding and warmth are some home improvements that you may want to make for your senior cat.
Adjusting to your cat’s needs can allow for your cat to live a long and healthy life. We hope that these tips on caring for your senior cat are helpful and informative. For more blogs to come, stay tuned to our blog page, “For Pet Lovers.”