Senior cats: How to care for them?
The average life expectancy of cats is about 15 years. As cats get older, they can become more passive and sleep more than usual. Their immune system will weaken, making them prone to diseases. With proper care and nutrition, certain diseases can be prevented. The goal is to make the rest of their lives comfortable.
Certain tips for senior cat care:
- More frequent vet visits and regular dental checks
Its important for cats to have their annual vet check-ups. For senior cats, it would be beneficial to be seen every six months. Watch out for the following to highlight during vet visits: lumps on the body, loss of balance, trouble urinating, weight loss and excessive lethargy. Regular dental checks are vital as well, watch out for excessive drooling, bad breath and pawing at the mouth constantly. A good cat insurance would be beneficial.
- Improve their diet
Nutritious diet is key to prevent obesity and lifestyle diseases. Starting a grain and filler free diet from an earlier stage will keep these conditions at bay. Always have a clean water source available and accessible.
- A comfortable living space
Modify their living spaces to ensure that your senior cats can access food, water, and litter box easily. They may suffer from joint weakness and will not be as agile as they used to be.
- Groom them occasionally
Your senior cat will appreciate the attention. Get a cat grooming brush and groom regularly if they struggle to do it themselves.
- Keep them indoors as much as possible
Senior cats will not be able to defend themselves during cat fights outdoors. They will be safer and comfortable indoors. Weakened immune system will make them prone to transmittable diseases from other felines.
- Cat Yowling
Your senior feline may exhibit yowling behaviour more often. This may be due to loneliness or pain or reduced sensory perception. Your Vet will be able to diagnose and treat any underlying illness and ensure proper pain management.