5 Tips to provide loving care for your senior cat
Caring for your cat as it ages can be difficult. But it can also be fun, adventurous, and rewarding. If you are taking on the new challenge of caring for a senior cat, here are 5 tips to help you provide loving care for your furry buddy in their golden years:
Pay Extra Attention to Your Senior Pet Cat's Diet
The best food for a senior cat is high-quality food that is low in fat, high in protein and fiber, and has a good balance of nutrients. As they age, cats need a diet that is lower in calories and fat. This helps prevent obesity which increases the risk of health problems such as diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes), respiratory tract disease, and kidney disease.
Take care of weight-related health issues right away.
Obesity can be a significant concern for cats, especially if your cat is overweight, her risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and other health issues increases. A veterinary exam will help determine whether your cat is overweight or obese.
If you suspect that your senior cat is getting chunky, there are things you can do to help him slim down safely:
- Weigh him regularly—at least once a month. If you notice a significant weight change, change your cat's diet or visit your vet for a checkup.
- Increase exercise by playing with interactive toys such as fishing pole toys, hiding treats around the house so they have to hunt them down, or letting them roam outside while supervised.
Increase Your Cat's Access to Water
Aging cats are more prone to kidney disease and constipation, especially if they do not stay hydrated. Therefore, it is essential to ensure your senior cat has easy access to water. Place the water bowl where there are no obstructions preventing access from all angles and with enough space around it so that your senior kitty doesn't have trouble reaching across or down into it when she wants a sip!
Help your cat stay active and engaged
Generally, older cats should not spend all day long just sitting around; being active is essential for their overall health and well-being! If possible, try getting an interactive toy that encourages activity like chasing after them (think laser pointer). This will keep them entertained while also keeping their minds sharp.
Make sure your cat gets regular checkups.
Senior cats need regular checkups and care to stay healthy. As your cat ages, their health will deteriorate. The good news is that by providing the proper care, your senior cat will be able to live a happy and healthy life.
Check-in with your veterinarian at least twice a year for a checkup of all things: teeth, skin, ears, and heart. Your vet may also recommend additional testing if they notice something unusual during the exam or annual visits.
All cats are different, so don't be afraid to discuss these issues with your veterinarian to see what they recommend for your aging feline. Caring for a senior animal may be stressful, but seeing them happy, healthy, and enjoying their golden years will make all the hard work worth it!
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