Caring for your Elderly Cat

Just like us humans, it can be difficult to define when a cat is elderly. If you know your cat well, though, you will know when it has reached the 'elderly' period of it's life. Elderly cats need more care than younger ones, so this guide gives you some great care tips for elderly cats.

Common Ailments in Elderly Cats

There are a number of common ailments associated with cats in their old age, and you should know how to look out for them. Some can be cured, but others not. Regardless, ensuring you care for your elderly cat in the right way, they can continue with a happy life. Below is a rough guide of what to look for in your elderly cat - but remember to always speak to your vet if something is concerning you.

What to look out for in elderly cats

Common problems and conditions in elderly cats:

  • Liver and kidney problems - look out for a increase in thirst in your cat as this can sometimes be a tell-tale sign.
  • Arthritis - if your elderly cat is walking awkwardly or looks stiff when moving, this may be arthritis.
  • Tumours - you should regularly feel your elderly cat for lumps or growths; these are normally sebaceous cysts, but should always be investigated by your vet.
  • Cystitis - your elderly cat may strain and struggle when urinating and the urine produced may have small spots of blood in it.
  • Dental problems - always keep an eye on your cat's gums and teeth. Elderly cats often need to have teeth removed.
  • Senility - this is often debated as no-one is sure whether cats can suffer from senility. However, if your cat becomes confused about you or where it is, just speak to your vet.
  • Strokes and heart attacks - just like us humans, some cats will recover and others will not.

Many elderly cats suffer from kidney problems. If this is the case, you should consult your vet who may recommend a renal cat food diet.

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