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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-29-2008, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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Senior Cat Health Care

Hi there,

My manx cat is senior but healthy. I would like to share how we care the senior cat in general.


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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-29-2008, 09:30 AM
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I have a 12 year old cat and I've been running bloodwork on her every year since she was 10. It gives us a baseline to see if the numbers change and may catch something in the early stages so it can be treated sooner.

Watch eating, drinking and litter box habits more closely...a hyperthyroid cat eats tons of food. A cat with kidney failure or diabetes will drink tons of water and will flood the litter box. Watch their weight more carefully...unexplained weight loss is an indicator for many diseases. And be aware of the condition of the coat...excessive shedding or dully spiky fur is also a sign of illness. Of course these things are all the things that should be watched for in a cat throughout it's life, but I'm more diligent about it and likely to go to the vet sooner with my senior cat.

Older cats can develop arthritis, so make it easier for them to climb on the bed or couch by putting a box or something they can use as a step so they don't have to jump as far. Consider a joint supplement such as cosequin if you see signs of arthritis. If you live in a cold climate a heated bed may be welcomed by the kitty.

Keep the cat engaged in play and exercise and feed a good diet (I recommend all wet food for any cat, but especially seniors).

And appreciate every day with them knowing their time is short, so give them extra love.


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I have a 12 year old cat and I've been running bloodwork on her every year since she was 10. It gives us a baseline to see if the numbers change and may catch something in the early stages so it can be treated sooner.

Watch eating, drinking and litter box habits more closely...a hyperthyroid cat eats tons of food. A cat with kidney failure or diabetes will drink tons of water and will flood the litter box. Watch their weight more carefully...unexplained weight loss is an indicator for many diseases. And be aware of the condition of the coat...excessive shedding or dully spiky fur is also a sign of illness. Of course these things are all the things that should be watched for in a cat throughout it's life, but I'm more diligent about it and likely to go to the vet sooner with my senior cat.

Older cats can develop arthritis, so make it easier for them to climb on the bed or couch by putting a box or something they can use as a step so they don't have to jump as far. Consider a joint supplement such as cosequin if you see signs of arthritis. If you live in a cold climate a heated bed may be welcomed by the kitty.

Keep the cat engaged in play and exercise and feed a good diet (I recommend all wet food for any cat, but especially seniors).

And appreciate every day with them knowing their time is short, so give them extra love.
Hi,

My cat, Kage is 20 years old in this Christmas. He eats a lot as he wants. Of course, he eats senior cat dry food.
I care him as he cares me. He is spending his life at the quiet and warm environment. He is quite healthy both physical and mental.
He needs those appropriate living environment and it would be same for us human being. If not, our life would be short.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-30-2008, 11:14 AM
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My oldest is 14. I don't do anything "special" such as bloodwork done or anything. If it acts healthy, happy etc. then just let 'em be. I don't see a reason to put a cat through tests without a reason.
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My oldest is 14. I don't do anything "special" such as bloodwork done or anything. If it acts healthy, happy etc. then just let 'em be. I don't see a reason to put a cat through tests without a reason.

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14 years old is still young, I think. The best thing is giving comfortable living environment for cats, I think.
I don't do anything for him too. He eats a lot as he wants. As everybody knows that the cat kidney is weak but I just give him dry food for senior cat food. Plus he eats general canned cat food.

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-01-2008, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi,

Just FYI.

my website, geocities isn't available due to over capacity for uploading data....... Hope this would be resolved soon.


The following is the alternative site that I have for my cat.


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Kage looks like a happy healthy cat for such a senior boy. I also have a black cat, they are special.

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Kage is a lovely old gentleman You would never think he was 20 !

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Kage looks like a happy healthy cat for such a senior boy. I also have a black cat, they are special.

Hi,

Yes, a black cat is something special and dog too, I think.

As getting old, senior cat has many health problems like kidney and bowel and etc.
If we provide warm and an appropriate living environment to them as best as we could, they might be happy and living longer.
I used to think that I care him as he cares me a lot.

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-03-2008, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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well,, he might be happy.
That's enough.

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