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Older Cats – What Problems to Watch Out For.

Updated on May 2, 2011

Did you know that One out of every four American families has a pet cat and some have more than one. However, If you don't have your very own cat to appreciate and love its eccentricities and incomparable behaviors...You should consider getting one! If you're an ailurophile (A cat lover), Visit my blog...

Facts About Cats and I'll introduce you to the interesting and likely unknown facts about cats and their behavior, lifecycle, senses, and habits.

Older Cats Need Love Too!

Your older cats body is undergoing some changes that may and oftentimes do induce problems. Those of us who have progressed to what is referred to a [respectable] years, have in all likelihood discovered that our bodies do not work every bit as well as they once did. Your cat is no different so you should be conscious of what is going on and what to look out for.

>>>> Movement becomes slower...Older cats can become arthritic, particularly if they've had a injury in the past. A few cats may exhibit some clumsiness when walking, others might be displaying signs of pain. They may no longer be capable of jumping onto the furniture or onto your lap as well. Their bones will become more porous and brittle which increases the chance of them being broken. Your older cat could as well begin losing muscle tone and mass, making physical exercise more difficult.

This then develops into a more inactive life for your cat when the muscles will suffer more tone and withering. It's crucial for you to assist your older cat with exercising. A few easy games such as thrashing at a dangling feather, or rolling around in a box filled with scrunched up newspaper will keep those joints moving. Picking your cat up and putting them on your lap or on their favorite perch will also keep her content. So will supplying a few low level comfy spots to sleep.

>>>> Their Coat, Skin and Claws...A few black cats could display signs of turning grey as they become senior. With the other colors, it might not be so pronounced. All the same, you might see the fur getting duller and thinner while your cat grows older. Their skin may as well become dry which can become a problem.

The sebaceous secretor organ releases less oil into the skin and coat which may make the coat dryer. As the skin loses is elasticity, it's susceptible to getting damaged more easily. Older skin will take a longer time to heal, both in humans and cats.

The claws could as well become more breakable and prone chipping. They may need to be trimmed more frequently as the older cat will have difficulty using the scratching post. If you have not trimmed your cat’s nails over the years, I recommend having your veterinarian do this as the tools must be very sharp. Your veterinarian will as well have the experience in this and will be capable of doing it quickly and efficiently.

>>>> Hearing and visual sensation...Cats may and do have troubles with their sense of hearing as they become older. This is probably due to the intensifying of the ear drums. Regrettably you might not be aware of your cats problem until the hearing loss is quite advanced. You might observe your cat not reacting to your voice or seeming surprised when you get near or begin to pet them.

This startling effect is because your cat did not hear you approaching. Deafness commonly can't be reversed, but you'll be able to modify the means you interact with your cat by clapping your hands or stomping your feet. Your cat will sense the oscillation and be aware of your presence.

Some older cats will develop sight troubles as they get older too. This is likely be due to complications like feline diabetes, cataracts or just plain old age. If this turns into a problem for your cat, attempt making their food smell stronger by increasing the amounts of fish oil or some of your cats favorite food. As well, try to minimize the rearrangement of furniture if your cat is having trouble seeing.

Aging is just the next level of your cat’s life. It does create some problems that must be taken care of, but these are small compared to the pleasure you have gotten from your cat over the years. My actual age and my mind’s age are 2 completely different things with approximately 30 years between them.

I don’t figure it should not be the same for your cat. And personally, having just about achieved normal retirement age, I look forward to a very long and enjoyable old age.

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      Lucky Cats 

      8 years ago

      Hi SBD! Another very useful and helpful hub. Thank you so much. I know you are helping cat guardians with this very important information which will translate into better senior years for kittys the world over.

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      moneymakerroz 

      8 years ago

      Fantastic hub to let people know of the things to look out for in older cats. :)

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