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How to Take Care of Senior Cats?

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by Alexander Thompson
Nov 24, 2022
2 minute read
TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Visit the Vet More Frequently
  • Stick to A Routine That Works
  • Introduce A Better Diet
  • Spend More Time with Your Old Cat
  • Final Words
One way to keep your domestic cat alive and healthy for as long as possible is to feed her well. However, it gets somewhat tricky when your feline friend grows old. Wondering how old your cat is? Cats age in a different way from humans. The aging in cats often depends on the breed and the environment they live. Generally, cats that are 11 years old are considered to be in their senior stage .

Visit the Vet More Frequently

It is easy to think you know everything about your cat if you have stayed several years together. But the truth is you cannot be familiar with all the signs of bad health in senior cats. That is why increasing veterinary visits as your cat ages is essential. Regular medical checkups for your old cat allow the vet to determine a change in her health status early. Necessary measures can then be put in place to help your cat survive old age seamlessly.
Always notify your vet of any change in your cat’s habits, especially when she is older. Such change might point to a severe disease that may be otherwise overlooked. Also, discuss the common diseases of aging cats and their symptoms—this facilitates early detection and treatment.

Stick to A Routine That Works

The older your cat gets, the less playful and active she is. One of your key responsibilities at this time is to help her maintain a routine.
For example, if your cat is not as agile as before, put measures in place to facilitate easy movement. These may include introducing gentle stairs to ensure a safe landing on the bed, making the cattery more comfortable, placing her food and water in a place where they are easily accessible, and replacing the old feeding bowl with a raised cat bowl. These changes will significantly improve the physical routine of your cat and reduce the anxiety that comes with old age.
The PAWAii Ceramic Raised Cat Bowl is designed to make feeding less stressful and more enjoyable for your senior cat. It is made of lead-free ceramic and has a 6.8 oz volume. You can use it for both dry and wet foods. Senior cats may struggle to eat from deep bowls. But not to worry, the PAWAii Cat Bowl has a wide opening and shallow base. It is whisker-friendly and minimizes the rubbing of whiskers while in use. Thanks to the bowl’s smooth curved inner wall, the food doesn’t get spilled over while your cat feeds. The base is also sufficiently steady to ensure the elevated cat bowl doesn’t slide around while in use.

Introduce A Better Diet

Your old cat will stay healthy and live long if she can get the right balance of nutrients in her diet. The digestion system in older cats is weak. Their appetite also changes with age. It is best to change the feeding method to accommodate these changes. We recommend speaking to your vet before making any move—they are in the best position to advise you on the right food with low fat and adequate protein .
Do not abruptly change your cat’s diet without your vet’s approval. This often leads to gastrointestinal upset and associated symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, or a drop in appetite. It is also advisable to monitor your cat’s weight change—this will guide your changes to her feeding method.

Spend More Time with Your Old Cat

Yes, old pets are not as active as before. However, this is not enough reason to make them feel lonely. Instead, spend more time with your old cats because they are naturally more needy at this point. If she craves attention, give her as much as you can. You will also make her happy by giving her plenty of lap time. Make her feel important and loved. You may also throw in a few new toys if she is still active and play with them together. Showering a lot of love and affection on your older cat to make her happy is essential.
an old man touching the nose of a cat

Final Words

While caring for your senior cat can be slightly more demanding, it is one of the most rewarding experiences any pet owner can have. Whether they are more clingy or aloof, they are still the same sweet cat you have happily spent the past few years with. Therefore, if you want them around for much longer, even into their late twenties, you should always shower them with good care.
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