Cats are usually good at hiding their pain and sicknesses as they get older.
Mr. Whiskers is prone to many issues when growing old, as do humans, but the most common in elderly cats is arthritis.
If Mr. Whiskers is having a hard time jumping in and out of the litter box or is no longer jumping in high places these could be early signs of adult cat arthritis.
Not only can arthritis affect Mr. Whiskers but other common medical problems in older cats include: overactive thyroid, intestinal problems, cancer, pancreatitis, diabetes and renal disease.
Is it possible that Mr. Whiskers mental health can change as he gets older as well? The answer is yes!
Sometimes he might cry at night, no longer use his litter box reliably or even act confused or won’t relate to family members in the usual way.
Vet visits will also increase to twice year as Mr. Whisker’s official hits senior citizenship. This is considered around the age of 10 when you want make the change.
Although twice a year vet visits are encouraged if Mr. Whiskers has a normal immune system he probably doesn’t need to be vaccinated any longer.
Diet changes are also encouraged as Mr. Whiskers gets older. You will want to encourage him to drink more water, which could also mean switching him to water based wet food. This is due to the fact Mr. Whiskers is more likely to be dehydrated than when he was younger.
You are probably asking yourself what can you do to ensure Mr. Whiskers lives a happy and healthy elderly life?
Mr. Whiskers will need help reaching his favorite spots. Give him ramps or steps so he can reach those high places he loves so much and so he can get to the window to bird watch.
Giving Mr. Whiskers softer bedding, warming up his food before serving him and providing him with a cat fountain are just a few small changes you can make to make is daily elderly life a great one!
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