Our society often celebrates youth to the exclusion of the beauty that comes with age and experience. Sadly, that twisted bent also applies to pets. We all know it is easier to find homes for kittens while a gentle senior cat is overlooked.
For those of us with senior cats, it is worth noting that September is Senior Healthy Pet Month. Our cats are living longer and we want to keep it that way. Shelters and veterinarians nationwide are offering tips and resources to highlight the need for regular care and preventive medicine. Catching a condition such as diabetes early can mean effective treatment or management — and keeping your pet around a little longer.
Common problems in elderly cats include: diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, kidney disease, heart problems and cancer. Click on some of the links to the right for more resources on senior cat care.
Regular checkups are important, and for daily life, little things can mean a world of different to your elderly cat.
This list will be obvious to cat lovers but it bears repeating. Try to give them:
- a warm place to sleep
- make food/water bowls and the litterbox easily accessible (there are pans with a lower entry point for arthritic animals and food bowls can be raised or lowered, according to a pet’s needs)
- gentle play and lots of affection
- a stable environment
- healthy food with a minimum of fillers and byproducts. Consult with your vet about food formulated for seniors or good alternatives.
P.S.: if you’re thinking about adopting, don’t forget that November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month