Caring for older cats
Just like humans, cats tend to slow down a bit as they get older. Some eat less, while others want to spend more time indoors sleeping where once they would have been out exploring for hours at a time.
As cats get older, it is important to understand that their dietary needs will probably change too.
Changes like this are a natural part of ageing, but does the way you care for your cat need to change? Whiskas looks into senior cat care…
Why has my senior cat's behaviour changed?
It’s natural for cats to go through behavioural changes as they get older – much like humans, many will have less energy and a reduced desire to play. However, some changes in behaviour may be more distressing for cat owners than others; such as confusion or forgetfulness in their pet; and can mean something more serious than just old age.
Whatever change your cat exhibits, you should respect them – even if they would rather not be picked up and cuddled, they may still enjoy sitting next to you on the sofa or being talked to.
Whiskas looks at potential changes in senior cats’ behaviour and how owners can adapt to ensure their feline friends stay happy and healthy in their old age.
Ageing Fabulously: How can my cat stays fabulous into old age
From the outside, a cat’s ageing isn’t obvious. But it’s still ageing on the inside.
When an adult cat turns 7 they are considered ‘senior adult’ cats and some dietary and lifestyle changes are expected.
The average life expectancy varies depending on breed, lifestyle, health and activity levels.
Keeping her coat in good condition
Your older cat still likes to keep herself neat and tidy even as she ages. It helps her coat look healthy and also keep parasites at bay.
WHISKAS Top Tip: Make sure your senior cat is getting all the right nutrients from her diet
Your golden oldie may start to find it difficult to keep her coat as sleek as it used to be. You should be on hand to help her out - buy a cat brush and gently stroke her...trust us, she won't complain!