Just like our humans, cats slow down as they age. You may found that they want to take less exercise, they start to gain weight, and even their personalities begin to change. Of course different cats have different change. Some cats become much friendlier and want to spend more time with their owners, while others become grumpier and even don’t like being touched. But, it is very necessary for you to keep in mind that changes in personality can be a sign of pain or illness. So never hesitate to check with your vet if their personality changed. Here are our tips on how to care your old cat.
You will want to ensure that your cat can reach all necessary places. For instance, the litter boxes, his or her cat bed or your bed. Remove clutter or buy a ramp, stool, or pet staircase if he or she is having trouble.
Don’t forget that older cats still need regular vaccination, flea and worming treatment. Also, it is very necessary for you to have him examined more often by a vet. You can start taking him or her four times a year if he used to visit the vet twice a year. As you can see, elderly cats are more likely to develop health problems.
Change his food to some kind of cat food especially formulated for elderly cats. As you can see, as cats age their senses of smell and taste can fade a little, along with their ability to chew effectively. Smaller, softer pieces will help your older cat get the most out meals, particular for sensitive mouths. Higher meat content can improve smell and flavor. But before you do this, you should ask your vet first.
As your cat age, he may want to get more love form you, so give him lots of love, but don’t disturb him if he is asleep.