Re: Senior Cat Health Care
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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