Sooner or later we will grow old, so does our favorite cat. That’s why we need to know about old cat care.
For those of us who care for cats, cats are not just pets, but cats have become part of our family that we must care for and get full affection.
Over time, cats will also experience growth ranging from baby cats, teenage cats, to becoming old cats.
Caring for an old cat will certainly be very different than caring for a young cat.
The decrease in health and activity is a natural thing at this time, and interaction with other cats or cat owners will also change.
Patience is also needed by cat owners because along with the age of cats, physiological changes also occurred.
In this article, we will discuss all you need to know about old cat care, so we can play with them longer like old cats called nutmeg and poppy.
Old cats are usually cats that have aged over 7 years.
And old cats are also divided into 3 categories, middle-aged (7-10 years), seniors (11-14 years) and geriatric (15 years and above)
One of the easiest signs we see is physical decrease.
Usually, our cat is easy to jumping from the couch or bed easily, at that time he will find it difficult.
Then cats will also be lazy when invited to play and prefer to sleep somewhere.
Dr. Stacy Eckman, assistant clinical professor at Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) explained that “Decreasing physical activity depends on the type, size, and genetics of pets. However, some older pets are still active and agile. “As quoted from Modern Cat Magazine.
Degenerative health problems
In addition to changing physical activity, degenerative health problems will also occur more in older cats.
Eckman also added that in order to detect any changes in health and behavior.
Bringing a pet cat to the vet every 6 months is something that needs to be done as a preventative measure.
Because chronic degenerative disorders such as kidney disease or heart disease and the risk of cancer are possible in older cats.
Gradually a decrease in vision, hearing, dental disease, mobility, and hunting ability will begin to complicate senior cats.
Do not let the old cat be given dry and hard food because it can hurt his gums which results in decreased appetite.
Soft and easy food is better given to the old cat.
Bad Breath & Obesity
In order to avoid bad breath and oral cavity infections, cleaning teeth with scaling is needed so that tartar can be reduced.
No different from humans, even an old cat needs a lot of help from the surrounding to take care of itself.
Take your old cat for a walk and maintain her diet so that the cat is prevented from joint pain (arthritis) and obesity that is often experienced by older cats.
Decreasing skin elasticity will occur in older cats, resulting in skin that is easily injured, dull and not shiny hair.
in order to maintain skin health, it’s better to pay attention to the adequacy of vitamin E and fatty acids such as Omega 6 and arachidonic acid.
Our beloved old cat may not be as agile and funny as he was when he was a young cat.
But it is at this time that we must devote as much attention and affection as possible.
Because every time we spend with him will be very valuable for our old cat.
So, do you have an old feline friend right now?