5 Senior Cat Care Tips

Posted by Devin Lake CVT at

Having your cat get older is never an easy thing to go through. It can be overwhelming and scary at times how quickly things can change. There are many areas that you should keep an eye on.  I have listed a few of those areas below.

Senior cat care

 

With each area I’ve listed some of the signs that are easier to notice, each one of these signs can indicate several different things. This is why it’s extremely important to call and/or bring your cat into the vet whenever you notice any change that lasts longer than a day or two.

Here are 5 areas to keep an eye on to make sure your senior cat stays as happy and comfortable as possible.  If your senior cat exhibits any of these changes you should bring them to the vet to get checked out.

 Schedule Regular Vet Visits

  • It’s recommended that your senior cat goes to the vet every 6 months.
  • One visit being their yearly geriatric exam, which should at least include full blood work with a urine analysis. (Depending on your vet and cats needs more tests might be needed.)
  • The second visit is a 6-month check-up which might include more lab work depending on your cats health.  

    Weight Changes

    • Weight gain in older cats increases their chance at getting a chronic disease and severe arthritis.
    • Unexpected weight loss is a sign that something is wrong, and your cat should go see the vet and not wait until their check-up.

    Eating and Drinking Habits Change

    • Reluctant to eat dry or wet food could indicate that something is going on with their mouth.
    • Eating too much and asking for more food could indicate many things.
    • Always thirsty or a decrease in the amount of water intake.

    Changes In Behavior

    • Not grooming themselves as often or at all
    • Sleeping more and/or hiding
    • “Slowing down”
      • difficulties jumping
      • going up and down stairs
    • Going to the bathroom outside of the litter box.
    • More vocal

    Changes In Potty Habits

    • Urinary changes
      • Frequency/amount of urination
        • Too much or too little
      • Defecation
        • Constipated
        • Diarrhea/soft stools

        

      Again, each of these signs can indicate many different health problems. It is important to watch out for changes in these areas. If you notice a change early enough you might be able to save your cat (and your wallet) from the stresses of multiple vet visits. 

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      For more information check out these posts too:

      https://www2.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/loving-care-older-cats

      https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/senior-cat-care-special-considerations-for-cats

      https://catfriendly.com/cat-care-at-home/senior-care/10-tips/

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