Is your kitty already on the old side?
As we grow older, a lot of changes happen to us. Aging affects us physically, emotionally, and mentally even so. Cats are no exception to this way of nature. Though being senior is inevitable, we could nevertheless provide them more of what they have always needed from us: our love and devotion.
Cats do not really need of a 24/7 on the lookout kind of care, unless they have a medical condition, but there are a few things you need to pay attention to:
1. Their peepers
Same with us humans, as our cats age, their eyesight begins to worsen. Though it’s no problem for us since we can wear contacts and glasses and have laser surgeries, but with cats, we could only religiously take them to the vet for routine check-ups and examinations. Moreover, make sure that their food and water bowls and their litter box are clean and in their normal place.
2. Their lovely bones
On your next vet appointment, have them check your senior cat’s bone density. As cats grow old, their bone density starts to lessen. If that is the case, he or she might need to take calcium supplements. Also, make sure that he or she doesn’t need to jump onto furniture to get things (i.e. his or her toys). A bad fall could easily break his or her bones.
3. Their teeth
When your senior cat starts losing teeth, it might be time to change their diet. If they are used to eating fleshy or dry food, gradually switch them to canned wet food for easier eating. Ask your vet for tips regarding brushing your cat’s teeth and schedule a regular professional teeth cleaning for him or her.
4. General health
Senior cats are more prone to diseases like diabetes, kidney and cardiovascular diseases, and painful arthritis. Regular routine health tests are advised to diagnose and treat budding diseases, if there are any.