Caring for your Senior Cat

Caring for your Senior Cat

 

We think of our cats as long-term companions. And just like anyone who has been in our lives, over time they age. Caring for a Senior Cat means making a few changes to ensure that they are still as comfortable and cared for as they ever were.

 

When does a cat become a Senior?

 

Cats are considered to be Senior at around the age of 8. This depends on their breed and any other health issues that they might have.

 

What should I do to care for my Senior Cat?

 

Some of caring for a Senior Cat is business as usual. They should still be regularly wormed, defleaed and see the Vet for any recommended vaccinations. It is also a good idea to continue taking them for regular Vet appointments to make sure any problems are picked up as early as possible.

You might want to think about changing their food to senior food as older cats need different nutrients which these foods provide.

It’s a good idea to look out for any symptoms that might be telling you about changes to your cat’s health. Bad breath in cats can be a sign of gum disease, which could lead to tooth loss. Weight loss, or becoming more bony, can be an early sign that your cat's internal organs might not be working as well as they used to.

Changes in behaviour like drinking lots of water, going to the toilet more regularly, eating lots but not putting on weight, could all be signs of changes in health and should be discussed with your Vet. Make sure they are keeping themselves clean. Cats are very clean animals and if they can no longer groom themselves then this can be a sign of other health issues.

As they grow older their hearing and eyesight might start to deteriorate. It is good to ask yourself if they are still as responsive as they always were, do their ears prick up when you call their name? Can they see where their food bowl is if you move it slightly?

 

Whilst it is upsetting to think of our cats getting older, it is important to make sure care given is adapted to their ever-changing needs. You can contact your local Best Friends veterinary practice at any time for support or advice – we’re here to help.

 

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