In this post, I will discuss the signs and symptoms of a cat that is an aging senior. I will begin with this subject because I would like to get you on the right track to caring for Mister Meowsy. What to expect with an elder cat and also I will discuss one way-right off the bat, to secure your cat’s health and well-being before applying all the other measures to prevent disease and give a quality of life to our cat’s.
You must know where your feline companion is with their general health. It’s important not to guess and try to remedy a cat’s condition on your own without the baseline information about him. Also, the internet has info-like mine! But it is to guide and not diagnose! You are warned!
Here at senior feline foods, I will get to the eating part but what to give your cat if you don’t know he has diabetes or tummy problem’s, etc. ? There are different diets and types of food you could consider but it’s ultimately up to the vet’s OK…. and the feline’s tastes and limitations!
I will go through the natural supplement’s that you probably didn’t know that your cat will appreciate more than you if you took those supplements! I’ll want to get to it in another post to properly do the breakdown of each.
The Sign’s of cat’s aging=like human aging:
For starter’s, we all know and have seen seniors like our grandparents or our aging parents.
They shuffle on with their cane or walker and don’t see or hear quite as they used to and they don’t eat as much as they once did or they have changed in their taste for food because their taste buds and sense of smell have all undergone a silver metamorphosis in the declining category!
Sign’s of aging and disease in a cat:
Well, the same can be seen and said about our pets. They get some same ailments that we as humans get with the wear-and-tear of aging. Think arthritis/arthrosis (especially in the hind legs),glaucoma,diabetes,heart problems, etc.
Some breeds are more prone to some ailments more than others as well. Depending on the breed, the genetics are kind or unkind and it can affect the lifespan of the cat. It is an important part in considering your pet’s diet.
Considering the built,structure,tolerances and daily requirements of your type of cat are factors to implicate as well.
See this table of breeds and corresponding lifespans to get a better idea:
BREED AVERAGE LIFESPAN (YEARS):
American Short hair
British Short hair
Color point Short hair
European Short hair
Exotic Short hair
How to discern if your cat is a senior:
The most natural and most obvious way would be to see your cats vet! The doctor can tell the average age of a cat by the amount of tartar amounted to the aspect of the teeth. The more tartar, wear and yellow on the teeth=the older the cat will be.
Another fun way to know is by their ears. The ears of an older cat will be pointier than a younger cats. The fur will be thicker and may go grayish.
Your cat’s epidermis will do like us when older.LOL! It will sag. The eyesight won’t be as sharp, and the lens might cloud up because of cataracts. They won’t move around as swiftly and might have difficulties jumping and climbing to their usual spots.
You might notice changes in bowel and peeing frequency too as their appetite and activity level’s change. They might not want to groom as often because of arthritis or even memory problems.
Some cats tend to get more vocal when they age. One culprit is thyroid problems. If no health problems;it might be due to a change in the household like a move or death, separation, etc. But if your cat is not listening to you, it could actually be hearing problem’s and not a hard-headed pet!
Finally, the cat that sleeps more and is less say “feisty” could be in their senior stage!
Changes in how your cat relates to food:
We are all aware that with age there is less activity and with that less appetite for food.
Digestion is transformed too. Slower and more difficulty to assimilate the nutrients. Chewing problems and tooth issues and a slower intestinal transit time that will lead to constipation. One thing that is dangerous but not that uncommon is Mega colon.
Cognitive and mental issues can affect a cats ability to eat and drink. Included in this is the will of the animal to eat/drink.
Pica, which is a condition where the cat will eat anything because of a nutritional and/or mineral deficiency. The cat can be seen eating rubber bands,plastic, textiles or licking you for need of salt.
So that’s how it is folks!:
We go through stages and seasons in life and so do they! Our feline puurrr-babies get old and transform and get the same ailments as us.
But just as we go to our doctor, looking for the “fountain of life” or at the very least, some extra years with quality in our life;let’s give our pet’s the same consideration! To give them more quality in their life if quantity is not possible!
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