Cats deserve attention and best care, but most of all senior cats extremely need special attention especially when it comes to their health matters. As the cat’s age is increasing their health requirements is change and they need our time to provide them their needs.
The word “senior” has taken to describe the older/aging cat. Most cats were considered as seniors if their age is between 12 to 14 years old it is according to ASPCA.
There are various things you can do as a cat owner to keep your cats healthy, it is not and never too late, to begin with, and consider these 7 tips.
1. Regular veterinary visits
Once a cat is already senior, their nutritional needs and wellness require fine-tuning for every 4 to 6 months. It is very significant to review their muscle tone, weight, diet, joint range of motion, supplement practice and exercise routines at least twice a year for senior/older pets.
Upon visiting your senior cats to a veterinarian, make sure to indicate all behavior changes that you have been observed on your cat, even it is minor you must still mention it so that they can provide an appropriate clue and treatment about their health problems.
It is also important to regularly monitor the weight of your cat(s) to ensure that they are not becoming too thin and too heavy.
The excellent tool for early detection of the changes in the health of your cat is the senior pet wellness screen, by this tool the treatment, including the proper lifestyle changes may start immediately.
As a part of the checkup, your veterinarian will perform a blood (including the thyroid levels) stool and urine sample test and physical exam.
The regular wellness screens allow also your vet to easily compare the current result with the past result test to check the changes that may necessarily need further investigation.
2. Keep your senior cats mentally and physically stimulated
Practice the cat’s mind and body with the regular exercise that appropriate for the age of the cats and its physical condition, and the mental stimulation (treat-release toy and puzzles can be helpful). Keep your senior cat(s) free from any stress.
3. Provide proper nutritional needs
Veterinarians believe that senior pets need more protein than younger pets. Pet owners should give their attention to their senior cats, give them a healthy lifestyle.
Sadly, the cat’s weight isn’t always realized or give importance. Latest data shows that 58 percent of cats were stated as obese or overweight – according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.
Obesity is one of the common problems of pets, it can be harmful to the health of the cat. Obese cats have several added stresses in the body and it may also increase the risk of liver problems, joint pain, and diabetes – these are just a few possible consequences.
If you really care your cats, one of the very basic ways is to give them a properly balanced diet to maintain their adequate body weight.
4. Avoid infectious diseases
Your veterinarian should discourse to you about the vaccinations as adequate for management factors, lifestyle, local laws and regions, and geographic region.
5. Keep your senior cat’s body comfortable
If your cat(s) seem like physically uncomfortable, do not assume that it is just only a natural part or signs of aging. Make sure that she is not in discomfort, go to your vet to immediately determine the health concerns of your senior cat. The sooner the health problems are treated and diagnosed, the better the result.
Keeping your cat(s) physically active and at good weight can help to control and prevent arthritis and progressive joint disease as they getting older. Consult to your veterinarian what appropriate supplements you should be applied to maintain the healthy ligaments, tendons, cartilage and joint of your senior cat.
6. Practice hygiene and good grooming
Maintenance and dental cleaning of gum require systematic veterinary care, however, it can help by you practicing into a habit of cleaning or brushing the teeth of a cat.
Ask your vet how you should improve dental care among professional cleanings.
Senior cats have also special grooming needs, mostly long-haired cat. Regularly brush their hair for them to become a healthy and happy cat.
7. Keep the senior cat inside
Make sure that your senior cat should not allowed outdoors without your supervision, this is the most vital habits you should practice to help your aging cat(s) stay healthy.
According to ASPCA, Cats kept only indoors, a cat that lives inside your home is healthier than other outdoor cats. Older cats can even learn to be happy indoors when you give them enriched environments and provides them an opportunity to be alone.