Typically, a cat over the ages of 7-10 is considered senior. Age-related changes present new care considerations. Below are some care tips for older cats.
- Keep track of dental health: Dental issues are a common problem in older cats. They can be painful and have detrimental effects on overall health.
- Schedule regular vet checkups: Regular exams can help shed light on potential health issues. Many health problems cats can have are not readily apparent. It’s better, in the long run, to catch an illness early than wait until later when it’s more difficult to manage.
- Talk to your vet about DHA and EPA: These fatty acids can help cats who have mobility issues due to arthritis or other joint diseases. Discuss it with your vet before adding them to your cat’s diet.
- Consider special accommodations: For example, cats with arthritis might benefit from litterboxes with lower sides. Placing bedding or soft towels and blankets for rest spots throughout the house or apartment would probably be appreciated as well.
- Don’t forget enrichment activities: Older cats still love their toys, food puzzles, etc. Keeping your cat active and engaged is important at any age.
If you have any concerns regarding your senior cat, remember we are here to help. We can schedule an appointment to examine your pet and talk about ways to optimize overall health.