How to Care for an Old Cat

The cat we knew as a puppy has aged, and now it is our responsibility to take care of it so that our elderly cat continues to enjoy a good quality of life despite the passage of time.

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You should know that a cat is considered elderly from the age of 8 , but do not worry, it still lacks many years to live, it can live up to 18 or even 20. If you treat your cat well it greatly increases the chances of him getting older with health.

In this article of YourCatCareguide we will explain to you tricks and useful advice for you to know how to care for an elderly cat , read on.

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A regular physical activity

If your cat is over 8 years old it is very important that you remain active, although it is normal that with age like to sleep more and more.

Playing with your cat 15 minutes a day is an excellent option to keep you active, to stimulate you physically and mentally. Physical exercise activates your cat’s blood circulation, strengthens your joints and preserves your muscles.

Not exercising can never lead to a serious problem of obesity, something that reduces your life expectancy. If these are your case, ExpertAnimal shows you some exercises for obese cats .

Give you peace of mind

Although exercising it a bit is very important the truth is that tranquility is also very important. We should let the cat rest when he is asleep and not bother him.

If you find it difficult for you to climb stairs, you should help him and pick him up, put some cushions near the heat radiators so he can take a nap there. All we can do to make the old cat’s life simpler and easier is good.

Monitor your health status

When our cat gets older we should be more careful about his health and control the same with visits to the veterinarian every 6 months . Among the consultations, we are the ones who have to observe them, feel them as they are and see if they have any problems.

You should advise the veterinarian about any behavioral changes such as lack of appetite, increased health, abnormal aggression or if our cat seems depressed.

Depression or prostration can be signs of illness and we must take this into account. Lack of appetite and excessive thirst may be signs of various disorders: kidney problems, liver problems, gastritis. These problems are more frequent when the cat grows old, so it is advisable to do blood tests regularly from the age of 8-10 years. Getting an early diagnosis is the key to a successful treatment of the elderly cat’s problems.

Take care of your mouth

The lack of appetite may be due to the formation of dental plaque that causes painful gingivitis to the cat and prevents him from chewing his ration. Tooth disorders are common in old cats and are often accompanied by bad breath.

Also find out in ExpertAnimal tips for taking tartar in cats . However, in severe cases your elderly cat may require veterinary intervention, and for this you will need blood tests as they require general anesthesia, something that is incompatible with high levels of urea or creatinine.

Appropriate food for your age

The industrial rations are more balanced than a home feed and give our cat the taurine necessary for the proper functioning of its organs. Dry rations allow the teeth to be rubbed and to limit the formation of dental plaque.

Choosing a ration of a suitable range for older cats is very important in keeping your health balanced. For an elderly cat that may suffer from renal insufficiencies, we should avoid the bovine rations and prefer those of chicken.

It is also important that our cat always have fresh water at his disposal and we must change it regularly so that he drinks and stays hydrated. If you find that you do not drink, you may give it moist food from time to time, as it contains a high percentage of water.

Take care and pamper

We must brush the hair regularly to remove dead hair that can be ingested when cleaning. During this ritual we can take advantage to control the state of your skin, your skin and also share with him a good time. It is also advisable to clean the eyes and ears regularly, with a soft paper made up of water or a sterile gauze.

With age the older cat is less active and his nails wear less and become more fragile. The solution is to cut the nails, taking the time to prove that our cat’s cushions are in good condition.

To all this we have to add the caresses and the carinhos: giving attention and affection to our cat is very good for him. Cats love caresses and be pampered, and with it makes their aging happier!

If you want to read the similar articles in How to care for an elderly cat , we recommend you to enter our Geriatrics section .

 

Emily Harris
 

Hi Guys, Girls, and Cats:-p I am Emily Harris, and you can see in above pic. She loves me I swear. I saved her from a dumpster a few weeks back.

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