It happens whether we want it to or not – our cats start to grow old and with that, comes the issues of the senior cat. Some become forgetful, others go blind, and some seem to not be affected outwardly, but end up feeling the effects of age internally with digestive issues, bone and joint issues, or any combination of the above.
What can we, as pet parents, do for our cats? If your cat is confused, changing in eating or drinking habits, or doing strange vocalizations, it is time to make an appointment and get to the vet, as these can be signs of a cognitive disorder.
As your cat grows older, keeping a regular schedule for them helps for a forgetful cat. Keeping an environment as stress free as possible, meaning not moving their watering fountain or their food bowl, not introducing a new cat or new animal and allowing your cat to live out their golden years as easy as possible, will make the transition to senior cat life easy.
Knowing your cat and their habits is essential, if they start to deviate in a strange manner that doesn’t seem right to you, call your vet and discuss what your next steps should be.
It is never easy when having a senior pet, especially when the time comes to say goodbye to our friend and family member.
For more information on caring for your senior cat, this article explains more.
I know I have a previous post on senior care, but this is an important subject which needs several posts.