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Senior cats: health care, grooming, nutrition tips

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Help your cat age gracefully.

Senior Cats: Health Care, Grooming, Nutrition Tips

The close relationship between humans and their cats, along with advances in veterinary care and specialized diets, mean cats are living well into their 'senior years'.

When is a cat considered to be 'senior'?

Most cats are considered to be senior around 7-10 years of age. However, breed and the general health of the cat play a major role in defining when an individual cat is considered senior.

Senior cat needs

As with humans, the needs and activity levels of senior cats will change as they age. They are more likely to:

It is important to take your senior cat to your veterinarian for wellness checks every 6 months, to monitor their health and individual needs.

A few senior problems!

Healthy mouths are important

It is important to look after your cat’s teeth and gums throughout their life. Poor dental hygiene and dental disease places your cat at risk of damage to other organs. Talk to your vet about the best ways to maintain good dental health in your cat. This may include:

Unusual lumps and bumps

It is important to know that older cats can often develop unusual lumps and bumps, on and under their skin. Not all lumps and bumps are sinister, but look out for changes in size, shape, colour and consistency, as well as redness, weeping and ulceration. If you see any of these changes, talk to your vet.

Sore and stiff joints

Osteoarthritis is a gradual but progressive degenerative condition of the joints. Bony outgrowths can also form around the joint, which can cause pain and further restrict mobility.

Signs of osteoarthritis

The signs of osteoarthrits can be subtle in cats, so watch closely for signs of:

Osteoarthritis cannot be cured, but it can be managed

It is important to talk to your veterinarian if you are concerned. There are a number of management options available to make your cat more comfortable. They include:

Senior pets can become a little forgetful

Cognitive dysfunction, or dementia, is a progressive disease that changes behaviour.

Signs of cognitive decline

Managing cognitive decline

Cognitive decline cannot be cured, but the disease can be managed in the following ways:

Other considerations for the senior cat

The Kidneys

Disease of the kidneys is not uncommon in cats. The cause of damage to the kidneys can be known or unknown, or sometimes just simply associated with a decline in organ function with age.

Things can get a little blurry

Like humans, senior cats may start to develop changes in their eyes which can affect their eyesight. Common signs of vision impairment include:

What did you say?

It is not uncommon for cats in their senior years to experience some degree of hearing loss. With a bit of support, your cat can continue to live a full and happy life:

If you are concerned, have your cat examined by your vet.

We understand flea and worm protection is important

Older cats with underlying disease or weakened immune systems are at risk of more severe disease from some parasites. Therefore, ongoing protection is important.

Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Advocate for Cats

Advocate not only treats parasite infections, but monthly treatment can help protect your cat against fleas, heartworm and gastrointestinal worms.
Treats
Fleas, Worms

Cat Grooming

Cats love to groom. Give them a helping hand.

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Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Advocate for Cats

Advocate not only treats parasite infections, but monthly treatment can help protect your cat against fleas, heartworm and gastrointestinal worms. Treats
Fleas, Worms

Cat Grooming

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Cats love to groom. Give them a helping hand.