Elderly Cats require special care
Once your cat reaches about 10 years of age, it can be considered “senior”. As long as you monitor their health and address any issues early, you can still enjoy life together for many years to come.
Living an indoor life.
Indoor cats have been shown to live longer than their outdoor peers, as their exposure to dangers, such as traffic, is eliminated. As your cat slows and their ability to jump out of harm’s was decreases, it’s best to keep them indoors. It’s perfectly healthy for a cat to live like this, as long as they have plenty of mental stimulation, windows to look out of and patches of sun to curl up in. Their feeding and toilet areas should be kept clean at all times, too.
Be on the look out.
Arthritis is common in order cats, but they hide it well so you may not notice they are suffering from this painful condition. Keep items such as food, water, bedding and litter boxes low to the ground, or set up steps so they can still access their favourite elevated spots inside your home. If their coat looks dishevelled, they may have had trouble grooming. This is a big deal for cats, so help them with regular brushing. They may also have trouble keeping their claws short, particularly if they’re kept indoors, so ask your vet about how to groom them.
Consult with the experts.
Most changes in a cat’s behaviour will be normal signs of ageing, but others may indicate something more concerning. For example, kidney disease is very common in older cats. Increase your vet check-ups to twice a year as your cat ages, so you can pick up on issues early. Your vet may also recommend a change in diet, as specific foods are more suitable for senior cats.
Senior Cat Nutrition
The average life expectancy of a cat is 12-14 years. This varies widely depending on the breed, general lifestyle, and state of health and standard of care. Mature cats are classed as between 2-10 years old, while seniors are 10 years or older. It’s important to ensure that older cats get all the necessary nutrients to remain fit and healthy. Forming a close relationship with your cat will mean that you are more likely to be aware of any subtle changes to your cats’ diet, activities, sleeping patterns and medical problems.
An indoor cat’s typical life span is 12-18 years, but many make it into their early 20s
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