Senior Cat Care
Achieving a long healthy life for their animals is often the goal of pet owners. Helping senior patients deal with changes in old age is one of the ways we help with this.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of ageing?
1-5 is considered adolescent.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
If you notice your senior cat starting to lose weight, it is recommended that you have them examined by a veterinarian. Blood work will be a likely next step to determine if there is an underlying issue associated with the weight loss, such as kidney or thyroid disorders which are commonly linked to the loss of body fat and muscle tone in senior cats. Having your cat on a proper senior diet is also important for the maintenance of weight as they age. Our team can assist you to choose a diet that is right for your cat and help you determine how much to feed your pet to maintain adequate weight.
What are some tips on how to care for my senior cat?
Implementing proper senior wellness is critical in caring for your ageing pet. We recommend having your cat examined for annual wellness exams by a veterinarian, even if they do not appear to have any pressing medical concerns. Early detection is something that should be strived for and can be achieved with regular blood work and examinations. You may find that as your cat ages, mobility and joint issues may begin to arise. If this is the case, supplementation with products such as glucosamine may be an option. Please consult your veterinarian for a recommendation tailored to your cat’s needs.
It is recommended to have your cat on a diet specifically designed for seniors to assist with cognitive function and organ care. We carry several senior diet options in our hospital that may be a good fit for your ageing cat. You may find it helpful to make small modifications around your house, such as using shallow litter pans or a baking sheet if your cat is having difficulty stepping up into the litter box. Ensuring your cat has easy access to their litter box and food bowls are also important as they age. Keeping everything they need on one level of the house to avoid excessive stair climbing may also be helpful.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
Some of the most common issues associated with ageing cats include hyperthyroidism, chronic kidney disease, dental disease and arthritis (to name a few). It is imperative to have regular wellness exams with your veterinarian to rule out any potential health concerns.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
There is a multitude of reasons why a senior cat may be developing behavioural issues. We highly recommend that you discuss any behavioural issues your cat is experiencing with your veterinarian to better rule out the cause of the change.