The aging of the cat
Posted on December 12 2018
Your cat is getting older. He does not have the ardor of his younger years. His health is more precarious, because of a more fragile metabolism. Some ills appear. You must be vigilant in order to provide all the necessary care for the proper aging of your cat.
A cat is considered as old as soon as he has passed the 10 years mark. Your cat will become senior (some later than others), you will have to give him all the proper attention to his end of life in the greatest dignity . You will have to let him live at his own pace, necessarily less important than before.
You should also know that your cat is very modest and that he will not complain despite pain related to aging. Yet he could suffer from osteoarthritis, some of the ills associated with old age. Stay tuned for any behavior changes. This could be a sign of a disease that will benefit from the weaker resistance of immune defenses to settle and develop.
The signs of old age
As you get older, your cat will inevitably show signs of aging. It is important that you notice them to change, if necessary, some habits that have become harmful for your cat.
- Your cat will spend less than before. You must be careful to respect a diet that is less caloric but richer in protein, so as to preserve the immune system and muscles that are necessarily less stressed. So, check the daily intake of all vitamins essential to the good quality of life of your cat. The slightest deficiency could weaken his health.
- Its appetite may fluctuate depending on underlying diseases such as diabetes or kidney disease (more important hydration of your cat is a sign) or hyperthyroidism if it does not grow despite the fact that it eats more ( see below).
- Your cat is sometimes disoriented .
- He is doing his needs more and more often outside of his bedding.
- In osteoarthritis . Your cat has trouble perfecting his toilet because he suffers from certain parts of his body.
- Your cat may wander more, especially at night, with some vocalizations .
- Your cat will suffer from a decline in vision and hearing.
Diseases developed with age
As you get older, your cat will inevitably be more inclined to develop certain diseases. You will have to focus on detecting and treating them at best. Above all, you will have to relieve your cat.
- Osteoarthritis . More than 7 out of 10 cats suffer from this disease once past ten. In this case, your cat will not be able to perform certain gestures, jumps or antics. You will have to arrange his life and facilitate it. He will have to reach objects essential to his well-being. His toilet should also be completed by your help. If your cat is suffering too much, exams will be done by your veterinarian. The latter will give him a drug treatment based on anti-inflammatories. The goal will be to relieve your cat.
- Diabetes . This results from dysfunction of the pancreas that no longer produces enough insulin. Like humans, your cat will need to be injected daily with insulin. You will surely need to review your cat's diet.
- Hyperthyroidism . Your cat eats more than usual, is particularly active but slim visibly. Again, your veterinarian will prescribe treatment to regulate thyroid hormones.
- Kidney failure . Unlike hyperthyroidism, your cat will eat less, lose weight and urinate yet more. The blood test will confirm the diagnosis. The earlier the disease is taken, the longer your cat will live. The treatment is based on proteins and vitamins. But the general state will degrade however quickly according to the point of view of a human.
What care to bring
You must make your cat's life easier . Whether it's about his food, his way of life. Your cat must age with dignity. If his health allows him, please him to exercise physical . This will strengthen the immune system and prevent some diseases from settling. Play it to stimulate his brain .
From a medicinal point of view, do not hesitate to have your cat regularly followed by your veterinarian. So, you will have to multiply:
- Blood tests
- Stool exams
- Tracking the weight and overall health of your cat
- Thyroid analysis of your cat
- Multiply your cat's checkups