Supporting our senior feline citizens
With most cats reaching their late teens and some even living to 20 and beyond, we need to make sure we adapt our care accordingly to look after our fabulous feline senior citizens.
Make sure they have somewhere soft and cosy to snuggle at home where they can rest comfortably undisturbed. Keeping them in at night will help to keep them safe and warm. Providing litter trays with a low sill means elderly cats won’t struggle to get in to toilet.
Does your cat’s mealtime need any adjustment? Can they reach their feeding area easily without needing to jump? Raising water bowls and food bowls so cats don’t need to bend down to eat and drink can also ease physical strain. Diet is important. Senior cat foods are specially designed to have lower protein to help protect ageing kidneys whilst still containing all the vitamins and minerals your senior cat needs.
How well do you know your cat? The more observant you are with regard to their behaviour patterns, the better placed you will be to spot change quickly and respond. For example, choosing not to go out as much, an unwillingness to climb, showing signs of stiffness and even general grumpiness can indicate your cat is suffering from arthritis. We can help with pain management and improving mobility. Your cat may need you to help with grooming. And check nails incase they need a trim at the vets too.
Other physical signs that your senior citizen may be suffering from an age-related illness include weight loss, increased thirst, loss of appetite and breathing issues or coughing (though any unusual behaviour or physical symptoms should be checked out). Older cats can be more susceptible to certain conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, thyroid issues, diabetes and dental problems. The sooner issues are identified, the more likely it is that we will be able to help manage your cat’s health and the happier your cat will be!
To help catch age-related illness early, we recommend senior cats visit us for a senior cat clinic 6 months after their annual booster trip to the vets. We’ll screen for certain conditions, monitor blood pressure and pain score for mobility, and your feline friend will also receive a full health check with one of our vets.
Give us a ring on 01922 411755 to book your feline senior citizen in for their next wellness MOT!