· By Veronika Broukal
How to take care of your old cat
Cats are fascinating and lovable pets that often accompany us for many years. While we often focus on the cute kittens, we shouldn't forget about the older cats. Caring for and caring for older cats presents some unique challenges. In this blog article we will look at the specifics of keeping older cats and give tips on how you can give your furry friend a happy and healthy life in old age.
One of the most important aspects of owning older cats is regular veterinary care. Cats tend to become more susceptible to certain health problems as they age, such as reduced kidney filtration rate, arthritis, diabetes and various heart diseases. Obesity is also more common in older cats due to lack of exercise. Regular visits to the vet can help detect and treat these problems early. Your veterinarian will tell you the necessary examination methods and the required intervals.
Diet plays a crucial role in the health of older cats. Older cats often have different nutritional needs than younger cats. They may need a special diet tailored to their needs, such as an easily digestible food or one that supports joint health. Glucosamine and chondroitin can have a supportive effect here. The digestion of older cats can also become sluggish, and flaxseed, for example, can be a valuable help.
Arthritis is common in older cats, and special attention should be paid to joint health. There are various nutritional supplements and medications that can support the joints. Make sure your home is cat-proof and that your older cat can easily access elevated places, such as couches or beds, without jumping. In this article, we give you some tips to support your cat's mobility.
Attention to behavior changes
Older cats may exhibit behavioral changes that may indicate pain, confusion, or other health problems. Look out for signs such as increased meowing, uncleanliness, loss of appetite or increased sleepiness. These changes should be taken seriously and discussed with your veterinarian. You can read more about this topic in this article.
Social interaction and mental stimulation
Older cats still need social interaction and mental stimulation. Play with your cat regularly, give him the opportunity to explore and create cozy retreats where he feels safe and secure. This way you can prevent depression and boredom. Find out how to motivate your cat in this article.
As always, the best way of making sure that your cat lives a fulfilling life is ensuring that they have a balanced, healthy diet throughout their growth.