You love your kitties, even as they grow older and aren't kitties anymore. They require special care, though, so here are our tips for living with older cats.
We love our cats. In fact, we can't get enough of them.
They are great companions and make us laugh. Only cat owners know the special bond that exists as you get to watch your cat grow older.
But, as our kitties grow older they need special care. Older cats need a different level of attention and love.
Recognizing your cat is getting older can be difficult. But if you adjust as your cat ages you'll both be happier for it.
Don't worry. You and your cat will have many happy years together if you care for them properly.
We can help. Living with your older kitty can be fun and easy when you know how.
We will help you make the most of every year. Let's find out how:
1. Know When You Have an Older Cat
You don't have to wait until you are living with the world's oldest cat to know that your cat is getting along in years.
But it is hard to come to grips with. Your trusted friend and companion may not be as mischievous anymore.
Your cat may even be showing some gray, and moving around your apartment more slowly.
Recognizing you are now caring for an older cat will help you give the best care possible. And who knows, you may even break Nutmeg's current record, who is still going strong at 31.
The average lifespan of a cat is about 15 years though. And knowing this will let you both adjust as your cat gets older.
Your vet can help your geriatric cat get the best care.
2. Keep Regular Appointments With The Vet
Unfortunately, older cats might have health issues as time goes by. Keeping up with regular appointments to your trusted veterinarian will work to head off health issues before they become too acute.
A veterinarian will also help treat any ailments your older kitty may have. Schedule and keep and appointment every 6 months as your cat gets older.
As the average lifespan for kitties is 15, scheduling more regular appointments after your cat reaches age 10 is a great idea.
Of course, your veterinarian can assess your older kitty and give expert advice.
Your veterinarian can also clean your cat's teeth and perform regularly needed tests.
3. Get Your Older Cat's Teeth Cleaned Regularly
For cats, regular teeth cleaning can be a life saver. And while cats of all ages should have their dental care maintained, it is especially serious in older cats.
Infected teeth can have harmful bacteria. This bacteria can access your cat's bloodstream through the blood vessels around their teeth.
These bacteria are especially damaging. Bacteria in an older cat's teeth can cause fatal kidney and heart issues.
Kidneys will no longer be able to eliminate toxic waste from the body. Your cat will suffer from kidney failure.
Infected heart valves become shriveled and misshapen from this bacteria. The heart can then no longer properly pump blood throughout the body.
4. Have Regular Testing Performed
Experts recommend you also get the following tests every two years for cats over 10 years old:
an electrocardiogram (ECG)
blood sample analysis
These tests may reveal your cat has some issues that require medicine.
5. Maintain Proper Medication
Make sure you follow your veterinarian's guidelines for medications. Older cats can suffer from arthritis, deafness, kidney issues, and even cancer.
Maintaining proper medication will keep your cat healthy and comfortable. You'll want to pay special attention to their food and water too.
6. Give them Plenty of Food and Water
As your cat ages, their diet changes as well. They may become more finicky when it comes to eating and drinking water.
But, as you can imagine, a healthy diet is essential for cats as they grow older. Work with your veterinarian to monitor calorie intake and adjust for dietary needs accordingly.
Your older cat may need fresh water now more than ever. Remember to take into account their difficulties getting up and down stairs and accessing various areas of your home.
You may opt to have a few fresh water supplies spread throughout your home.
7. Allow for Changes in Behavior
A big mistake in caring for your cat would be to give them less access to water to help any bladder issues. As they grow older they need to stay hydrated more than ever.
While it's true, your cat gets older they may have less control over their bladder and bowels, there are better ways to handle it.
The situation can be heartbreaking and messy to watch. Seeing your cat's embarrassment as they struggle with bathroom issues is sad.
One way to help is to provide more litter boxes for your cat around your home or apartment as they get older.
You and your cat will be more comfortable knowing they have the facilities they require to keep the home healthy and clean.
8. Make Sure Your Older Cat is Comfortable
Make sure your cat is comfortable, and you'll be comfortable too. Older cats might mean less play time and less mischief, but years of enjoyment all the same.
One way to make sure your older cat is comfortable is by giving them the very best. The right litter box allows your older cat to have the best in comfort as they age.
9. Get The Very Best for Your Older Cats
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