Like us all, as our cats get older, their needs begin to change. Advancements in nutrition, indoor living, and veterinary care have led cats to live longer than ever. Most cats are considered seniors between 12-14 years old. To ensure your older cat's senior years are healthy and happy, introduce these lifestyle changes as soon as possible.
Schedule regular senior cat visits with your vet to avoid any medical issues.
Provide more beds for your cat to sleep on, as they will spend more time sleeping as they get older.
Adjust their diet to include smaller meals with more protein to maintain a healthy weight. Consult your vet if you notice your cat losing weight.
Ensure their beds are in warm, cozy spots, away from drafty areas.
Keep your older cat engaged with play by providing them with new toys.
Accommodate any arthritis they may have by using steps and ramps and providing a litter box with lower sides.
Brush your cat more often as they may have achy joints and may not be able to groom themselves as quickly.
Stick to a regular schedule as older animals, including cats, appreciate routine.
Remember to be patient with your older cat as they may need more sleep and may be sensitive to change. However, they still want plenty of snuggles with their people.
By: Jay Roel Ruiz, Owner/Manager