Tips for taking care of older cats

To have an elderly cat means that you have been a privileged owner, especially if you have had her from a young age. As a cat matures and gets older, her needs will change, and you need to take care of them. Depending on her breed, her senior years will start at around age seven, and she can be described as older at around 12 to 14 years. Here are a few tips to take care of her now.

Typical of old age

Just like older people, senior cats have a couple of common symptoms. If any of these changes dramatically, take her to the vet.

  • A change in her sleeping patterns.
  • Problems with her kidney function.
  • She doesn’t see that well.
  • Her sense of smell declines.
  • Changes in her behaviour.
  • She might lose or gain weight.
  • She isn’t as mobile as previously.
  • She experiences dental issues.

If you would like to continue reading this article, get yourself the May edition of Animaltalk magazine, available now from retail stores, including Pick n Pay, Woolworths, Checkers, CNA, PNA and leading bookstores. You can also order a printed or digital edition online.

 

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