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Senior Cat Care

As our cat’s age, their day to day changes and their daily interests and requirements also change. It is important to bring your senior cat to their doctor at least once a year to maintain a healthy life and ensure that they are receiving the care necessary to their changing life.

What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of aging?

Cats are considered mature between the ages of 7 and 10. From age, 11 to 14 cats are considered senior, and after age 14 they are in their geriatric life stage. Signs of ageing include change in appetite, weight loss, dental disease/bad breath, decreased activity, changes in thirst, and poor hair coat.

My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?

Please schedule an appointment with a Veterinarian if your cat is losing weight. It can be an indicator of many possible problems and should not be left ignored.

What are some tips for how to care for my senior cat?

Maintaining a healthy diet and weight are very important for all senior cat and visiting your vet once a year is an important part to ensure that your cat is healthy. When dealing with a cat that has any chronic diseases, visiting the vet every six months is a good idea.

What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?

As our cat’s age, the most common diseases that are seen include kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, arthritis, dental disease, and obesity.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?

Many behaviour changes are due to an underlying issue such as dental disease, arthritis, digestive issues, or other chronic illness. It is why it is always important to see your veterinarian yearly.


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Last updated: April 17, 2021

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