Caring for Aging Cats
Let's talk about caring for aging cats. You love your cat and at some point they will begin to age. For some cats age is just a number, for others it may bring some health changes. In many ways aging cats are like again humans. This article will explain some things you can possibly expect and some tips on how to help your ageing cat.
An older cat requires the same care as a young cat such as a healthy diet. Always give your cat a well-balanced diet to keep them healthy and at a good weight. Many cat food brands offer food formulated for specific ages. You may want to switch to a senior cat food as your cat ages. Also, if you cat begins to lose teeth you will have to switch to wet canned food instead of dry food which will be too hard.
When a pet ages some pet owners such that the animals almost walk into objects and can't seem to find things. This is a sign of eye problems. If your cat does this it may have cataracts, be losing vision, or may have even gone blind. Your cat can be fine without perfect vision. The key is to have a routine and not change things. You should keep its food, litter box, etc. in their normal places so your cat can still find them. If your cat's litter box is upstairs you may want to move it downstairs and have your vision impaired kitty avoid the stairs.
On your cat's regular veterinary checkup have its bone density checked. This is important in senior cats. If they are losing bone density you may want to give them calcium supplements and help do things to avoid broken bones. One way to help avoid injuries is to not allow them to jump up or down on furniture. If your cat sleeps in your bed, get steps that it can go up to get into your bed instead of jumping. If your cat's favorite hangout is in a window, help it up there or use steps there as well.
Other health issues can arise in older cats so consult your veterinarian with an concerns or questions that you have.
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