What to expect from your senior cat!

Cats are an important part of our lives,  thanks to owner awareness of quality diets, healthcare and safety, they are living longer. Senior cats (from 8 yrs) are special in many ways. Check out the 10 things below that you can expect from your ageing cat.

 

Excessive vocalizing as it ages could indicate that it's disoriented due to feline cognitive decline (FCD). It could also be that it’s becoming deaf or is in pain. If there’s no physical cause, your veterinarian can try to resolve it with pheromones.

Your ageing cat could be experiencing hearing or vision loss, which can impact how deeply it sleeps. Or it may need to use the litter box more frequently but have trouble finding it - Geriatric anxiety could also be the culprit.

An ageing cat’s mental decline can resemble a human’s Alzheimer’s disease. Predictability in your cat’s schedule and environment can ease stress. Keep the location of the litter box and food in the same places as always, and avoid change.

 

Inappropriate elimination has many causes, such as a decrease in mobility, a more frequent urge to eliminate, less control over bowels or bladder, and serious organ issues, urine tract infection, kidney disease, or even brain tumors. Speak with your vet to rule out medical issue.

 

This sign is fairly easy to spot, since a formerly friendly cat becoming less interested in you and your petting is a stark contrast to it's "normal" behavior. Or a previously aloof cat can become clingy and overly dependent — such as following you around the house or meowing. 

 

Apathy with a drop in usual activity can also mean illness. Any time your cat refuses to eat, take her to the vet immediately. Not eating can cause fatty liver disease, which is both quick and fatal.

 

When your cat reacts to being disturbed with irritation and crankiness, it could be feeling the effects of ageing - stiffness, pain (maybe from arthritis) or muscular weakness.

 

With a reduced senses of hearing, vision, and smell, your cat is less able to sense people or things coming into it's personal space and can become startled more easily.

 

Your cat used to be active during the day and sleep all night, but now it snoozes when the sun is up and prowls at night. Why not tire your cat out before bedtime with some active play, and help it settle down by grooming at night.

 

An older cat that continuously paces during waking hours, is showing one of the classic signs of feline cognitive decline (FCD), a condition that mimics dementia in humans. Consult your veterinarian for possible options for your cat.

  

If you are concerned about your cat showing some of these signs, call your vet for advice, together you can plan to ensure a healthy and comfortable future for your cat!

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