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How to Care for your Older Cats

Updated on February 2, 2017

Senior Cats

Caring for older cats will take a little more attention than when they were babies. Our feline children bring such joy to our daily lives. Cat lovers everywhere will tell you how much their cats mean to them. If you are a cat lover, of course, you want your cat to live a longer and healthy life.

The domestic cat lives from 12 to 15 years and some cats will live longer, depending on their breed and living environment. It is important to be proactive in their care, take them to the vet when necessary and help them by not allowing them to become obese.

There are some simple ways to ensure that your cat experiences better health and a longer life.

Your Older Cat

It is important to have your cats spayed or neutered. A male cat that is neutered, will have a happier life and live longer. It is not fair to allow your queen, to become pregnant over and over again, as each pregnancy is hard on her, and can take years off her life.

An unfixed tom, who is territorial and who loves to explore will, no doubt have his share of cat fights. These cats fights can cause sickness and transference of disease such as rabies, feline leukemia, distemper and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), which is similar to human HIV.

Make sure your older cat is getting to best diet possible. It is also important not to feed your cat table scraps which is unhealthy for them. Human food are filled with bad fat, too much salt and other things that can cause digestive problems and cause them to become obese.

An obese cat is subject to diabetes, heart problems and other diseases that can make them sick and ultimately shorten their lives.

How to Care for an Older Cat

Overweight Cat
Overweight Cat

Fat Cat

I have three cat two are 9 years old. They are both overweight and slowing down. I have noticed when they eat certain cat foods like Friskies and 9 Lives, they seem to be addicted to the food. My female sits by her dish and screams for food when I walk by.

With my boy when I feed him, Friskies foods wet food, he never gets enough. After he is fed, he keeps begging for more. I began to wonder, do makers of pet foods put additives in the food, to want pets desires the food? I know they do this to humans, why wouldn't they do the same thing to animals?

I decided to change the food I gave to my cat to something natural. Well, low and behold, there are no longer hungry all the time. Once they have eaten they are satisfied. My guys and beginning to lose weight and becoming more active.

If your cats tend to be overweight, try changing their food. It will be a little more expensive but will help your cats be healthier and live longer.

Cats are Like Us

Just like with humans, lack of exercise will your kitty to become stiff and overweight. Exercise is necessary for older cats, to stimulate blood flow and help will bone health and mobility. Provide your cat with things such as a cat gym, scratching post and other toys that will keep them moving.

Older pets suffer from some of the same maladies as humans. It is not uncommon for an older cat to have arthritis, be constipated or have urinary infections. Be aware when your can is acting differently, limping or appears to be sick. Do not put off veterinary visits, if your pet is sick. If you address medical issues quickly, they may not develop into something more severe.
If we take special care of our cats, hopefully, they will live many more years than we ever expected.


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      liswilliams 7 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for these tips, I have a kitten so advice is always good. Love the pics :)