Tuesday 15 August 2023

How To Care For Your Elderly Cat

Elderly cats may need more frequent veterinary check-ups, as they are more prone to developing health problems such as kidney disease, diabetes, arthritis, dental issues, and cognitive dysfunction.

You could consider a special diet that is tailored to their nutritional needs and preferences with more protein, water, and calories, and fewer carbohydrates and fat. They may also need supplements or medications to support their organ function and joint health.

Many elderly cats benefit from having an indoor litter tray, even if they normally go outside, as they may feel more vulnerable or have difficulty accessing their usual spots. The litter tray should be easy to enter and exit, and cleaned regularly.

An older cat may appreciate a warm and comfortable bed that is away from draughts and noise. They may also need extra bedding or heating pads to keep them cosy.

They may appreciate more mental stimulation and social interaction to keep them happy and alert and will enjoy playing with new toys. You could hide treats around the house for them to find. They often love having gentle grooming sessions.

They could exhibit changes in their behaviour and personality as they age and become more or less affectionate, vocal, or active. They may also develop signs of confusion, anxiety, or depression. 

These changes may be normal or indicate an underlying problem, so it is important to consult your vet if you notice any unusual or concerning symptoms.

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  1. This is very good information. My sweet Jade is 15 and loves her comfy bed. She is thin but eats a lot! The vet says she is fine but I know she is nearing her end and I am sad. She is such a sweetheart.

  2. I guess they make heating pads for cats. Some definitely need that.

  3. Great post. I have had many elderly cats. XO


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