As your cat gets older, they need a little bit more care and assistance than they did before, so we’ve come up with some tips on caring for your elderly cat, and how to give them the best quality of life and make their day to day lives easier.
1. Joint Care
As with humans, as cats get older, their joints can start to suffer and they can experience stiffness. They can sometimes struggle to jump onto windowsills or onto beds and tables. A good way to help with this is to get a multi-tiered scratching tree and place in near the platform to provide some steps for your cat to hop up. Additionally, you can use a herbal supplement to help with their joints, which you can find online or in pet shops or at your vets!
2. Tooth and Mouth Care
We know the idea of brushing your cats teeth probably comes across as a bit silly, but it’s one of the best ways to prevent your cat from getting any teeth or gum problems. One of the ways you can spot if your cat is having trouble with their teeth is if they develop bad breath. Another is if they suddenly go off their food. You can combat this by brushing your cats teeth, but if the idea of that is quite stressful for you or your cat, try using dental treats or book your cat in at the vets to get a good old clean.
3. Special Accomodations
As your cat gets older, they can begin to struggle to jump on to higher places, so if there are any special blankets of cushions they enjoy snuggling on, make sure they are at a lever that is easier for your cat to reach, or as mentioned before, you could install a cat tree to provide a little extra help.
4. Extra Grooming
Many older cats suffer with stiffness, arthritis and problems with their joints which means they can groom themselves as well as they used to. We as owners can help by giving them a good groom every now and then with a soft brush. Not only does this help your cat out, but it’s also a great way for you to bond with your cat, and helps to reduce hairballs.
5. Gentle Exercise
Keeping your cat active and healthy throughout their life is very important, but as cats get older, it’s easier for them to put on weight which puts them at higher risk of developing diabetes, joint problems and arthritis. A little gentle exercise can really help your older cat stay healthy, active and keep the weight off. Try using laser pointers, catnip infused toys or feather chasers for a few minutes a day to keep your cat active and healthy.
Even cats know you have to grow old but you don’t have to grow up, so make sure they’re growing old gracefully and having the time of their life!
Do you have any additional tips? Let us know! ❤️