- 1 How to Care for Older Cats?
- 1.1 Feeding Your Older Cat
- 1.2 Common Ailments of Older Cats
- 1.3 Steps to take in Caring For Your Older Cats
- 1.4 Tips For Keeping Your Aging Cat Happy and Healthy
- 1.5 What Not To Do In Caring For an Older Cat
- 1.6 Things Your Elderly Cat May Need
How to Care for Older Cats?
Feeding Your Older Cat
Common Ailments of Older Cats
Steps to take in Caring For Your Older Cats
Make sure that your cat always has a supply of fresh water, as kidney function can deteriorate in older cats and they can be more prone to dehydration. Always provide a well-balanced diet too, that includes the correct nutrition and the right amount of calories for an aging cat – if in doubt, contact your vet for more information.
Arrange for your cat to have regular check-ups with the vet – this will help to ensure that any problems are detected early on.
Older cats may not be able to groom themselves as well as younger ones and may need to be groomed more frequently to remove any matting – especially where longhaired cats are concerned.
Older cats are more prone to arthritis and may develop less control over their bladder and bowels. To assist them, it is advisable to have more than one litter tray in the house and provide ramps, boxes, pet steps, or such like, to help your feline get up to their favorite places, like a windowsill, sofa or chair.
As your cat gets older it may sleep longer too, so it is a good idea to provide a warm and comfortable place for it away from drafts.
Like many older people, older cats tend to dislike change and prefer to stick to a regular routine. Some may also need more love and affection from their owners, whilst others may prefer to be left alone.
Tips For Keeping Your Aging Cat Happy and Healthy
- Try plugging in a night light during the evening if your cat’s eyesight appears to have deteriorated, as this will help it to see a bit clearer.
- If your cat’s hearing appears to be impaired, always approach it from the front to avoid startling it.
- Remember that growing old is not a disease, so as long as your cat is being well cared for its quality of life should not be affected.
- Whilst grooming and stroking your cat, keep a check on any changes in the condition of its skin and check for any signs of lumps, etc.
What Not To Do In Caring For an Older Cat
- Don’t be tempted to feed your cat more if it is exercising less.
- Keep your cat indoors to avoid the dangers of traffic, dogs, and other potential problems.
- Don’t be tempted to get a kitten as a young company for your aging cat, as the exuberance of a kitten may be too much for an animal that wants to wind down a bit in life.
- Try not to leave your cat alone for very long periods of time.
Things Your Elderly Cat May Need
- A well-balanced cat food – suitable for aging cats
- Extra bowls for water
- Extra litter trays
- A good brush/comb
- A ramp, box or pet steps
- A calendar – to make a note of regular check-up appointments
- Plenty of love, kindness, and patience