Helpful hints and tips for keeping a senior cat in top condition.
If you have an older cat, you will know that sometimes, our older furry friends are more hassles than they were when we first got them as kittens. There are different foods and different requiremements that they need, and it can be almost as tiring as training a new kitten to use the litter tray!
There are a few helpful hints and tips that you can use to keep your older cat in the best condition possible, and all it takes is a few small changes and a couple of minutes out of your daily routine.
There are different commercially produced cat foods that you can buy that are specifically designed to meet a senior cats dietary requirement, and although this may mean spending a little more on them, you know that they are getting all of the vitamins and minerals that they need to keep them in the best condition. If your cat is older than seven years old, these specific cat foods are the best option for you pet and you should always aim to feed them little and often. this will ensure that he or she is digesting the food properly and will not overeat, just for the sake of it because the food is available. This food, and in particular, wet food, should always be served to your cat at room temperature. Do not keep half used tins of cat food in the fridge. There are many reasons behind this, one of them being digestion, but also because your cats sense of smell and also taste will decline as she or he ages.
You may already have noticed that your older cat tends to drink a lot more than your younger cats, and therefore you do need to ensure that he or she has access to clean and fresh drinking water at all times. With this, you should ideally keep the water and food bowls together in a place where your cat will not struggle to get to it, so for example, if you normally have your pets food on a higher surface, try putting it on the floor, on a tray or similar to prevent your cat from needing to jump around on different levels everytime it fancies a snack!
Older cats love to sleep, and generally more so than their younger selves, so having a couple of beds scattered around the house is a good idea. Try having one in the bedroom, another in the living room and perhaps another in the kitchen or whatever. These beds do not need to be expensive and can be as simple as a cardboard box with a blanket in it. Whichever way you chose to go, make sure that the bed is out of the way of any draughts and is nice and comfortable and snuggly for them to sleep in.
One last hint that I can give you to ensure that your cat is in it’s prime even in it’s later years is to maintain regular check ups with your vet. As they age, more mature cats should be going to the vets at least twice a year for check ups. If your cat does develop an illness or ailment that is common with age, the best cure is early diagnosis, and therefore if you maintain regular check ups, anything that does go wrong can be identified and sorted early.
You know your cat better than anyone, and therefore only you can really determine what is the best way to look after it, however, making it’s life easier in the later stages of life will ensure that you and your pet have a happy and loving relationship for many years!