Problems Associated with Senior Cat Care

elderly cat careAs our family cat ages they are going to see their share of illness and disease affected by the aging process.

Fortunately older cats can remain relatively comfortable and healthy during these senior years with a few tips and pointers.

The first step is understanding that your cat’s body functions change with age, and they are going to be less active and have lower metabolisms.

The immune systems of older animals are not as strong as younger cats, and diseases, both acute and chronic, will affect the elderly cat far more.

It’s important when catering to elder feline needs, to make changes gradually. Ensuring that they have a routine they are comfortable with is a great start.

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Take a look at this article covering some of the issues facing cats in their golden years by David Beart

Elderly Cat Care

cat careMost pet supply stores sell specially formulated cat foods that are designed to provide proper health and nutrition to elderly cats.

Some formulas assist with proper digestion, since this can often be a problem with older cats.

“Senior cats cannot assimilate their food in their digestive tracts in the same way that they did when they were youngsters.”

Our cats become a part of the family over time. But unlike humans, who are considered elderly at 60 or 65, cats are considered “senior citizens” at the ripe old age of 10.

“It is important to understand the proper care of cats at all stages of life. A kitten cannot be fed, groomed, medicated, and treated the same way as an elderly cat. Here is a guide to proper Elderly Cat Care.” [Read article]

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Ask the Vet: Thirst may signal pet illness

My 14-year-old cat Theo is drinking a lot more water. Should I be concerned?

“Assuming that you have not changed food from canned to dry, or significantly increased the temperature in your home — there are a number of conditions that could cause an older cat to increase water consumption.”

The top three are hyperthyroidism, diabetes, or kidney disease.

Hyperthyroidism is excess secretion of thyroid hormone, and is usually due to a benign tumor on the thyroid gland. Excess thyroid hormone increases the overall metabolism, and can cause increased thirst and appetite, weight loss, and restlessness. Hyperthyroidism can also cause heart damage and high blood pressure. [Read more]

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Hyperthyroidism – How will this affect my cat?

Overactive thyroid glands are a common and serious problem in our older cats. However, if diagnosed early, hyperthyroidism can often be treated successfully.

“Signs of hyperthyroidism can be subtle when the disease is in its early stages, but the most common thing owners first notice is that their puss is eating well, or even seems unusually hungry, but is losing weight.”

Cats often become thirsty, and may seem irritable and restless. Mild to moderate diarrhoea and/or vomiting
is also common.

However, individual cats can have quite different signs – sometimes even overweight cats are found to have the condition. As the disease progresses and affects other body organs many other signs may develop. [Read full article]

I hope this information will help you understand some conditions older felines face in their later stages of life, as well as the possible treatments and their outcomes.

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