Friday, 11 April 2014

Cat Health: The Elderly Cat

IF you have an elderly cat you will want to look after it to the best of your ability.

So at what age is a cat considered “elderly”?

You may have seen changes from about the age of seven, but by the time they are 12 they may have some age-related condition.

So you will need to be vigilant to ensure your cat enjoys they best health they can. If you catch some conditions early, they are controllable or curable.

The immune system of elderly cats will not be so efficient and some conditions will dehydrate your cat so you will need to make sure he or she has plenty of clean water always available.

You may notice that your cat is not such an efficient groomer and that their fur is becoming matted. They may suffer from skin odour and inflammation. Regular brushing or combing will become necessary.

Their claws may thicken and become more brittle so you may have to clip them.

They more become more senile, appearing to become disorientated or wandering more.

You must check their ears for hearing loss and their eyes to see if there are any changes. Conditions like high blood pressure can affect sight.

Elderly cats are also prone to tooth decay, so get them checked regularly.

Some elderly cats get kidney disease, arthritis or bowel disease.

If all this sounds like a litany of despair, don’t worry. There is much you can do to ensure your cat has a happy and healthy old age.

Cornell University has an excellent and very thorough article on health for the elderly cat. I include the link below:

Special Needs of the Senior Cat

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