Aging is an unavoidable fact of life, for cats as well as for humans. You can't keep your pet forever young, but you can make her later years as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
The first signs of aging will begin to appear long before your cat reaches senior-citizen status.
After age 12, you might notice some signs that your pet is slowing down a bit, such as:
The above behaviors are normal for aging pets. But be on the lookout for signs of potential health problems common to older cats, such as:
If you notice any of these changes in your cat's behavior, consult your vet.
Making some adjustments in your cat's health care, grooming, exercise, and feeding routines will help keep your senior pet in good shape.
Regular checkups are important throughout your cat's life, but the following changes are recommended for her later years.
Since your cat's ability to groom herself efficiently may diminish with age, it's up to you to help keep her looking and feeling her best.
Older cats tend to gain weight as their activity levels decline. They may also have chronic conditions that can be partially managed by diet. Consult your vet before making any changes in your pet's diet. He or she might recommend some of the following measures:
As your cat ages, you'll want to make sure she is not only healthy, but also as comfortable as possible. Here are some simple ways to improve her quality of life in her later years: