Every animal deserves a loving forever home, and that includes older ones as well as younger ones. November is National Senior Pet Month. At around age seven, your pet is entering his or her senior years and often begins to develop diseases common to humans, such as diabetes, heart disease, endocrine disease, and cancer. These diseases can easily go undetected because your pet may not show any visible symptoms. Therefore, preventative health care is critical.
Here are 10 important health tips for senior cats:
- Schedule veterinarian checkups at least twice a year. The older your senior cat, the more critical it is to maintain good health.
- Be more informed and aware of your senior cat’s condition. Observe your cat regularly to stay on top of any potential symptoms of diseases.
- To ease digestion, consider feeding your cat several meals a day instead of one large serving.
- Avoid overfeeding. Obesity can lead to numerous health problems and may shorten your cat’s life.
- Keep your cat on a regular exercise routine to help preserve muscle tone and to keep bones and joints strong.
- Don’t overlook your cat’s dental health. Have your cat’s teeth cleaned by your veterinarian when advised, and brush them at home on a regular basis.
- Have your veterinarian perform regular vaccinations.
- Keep your senior cat’s bed and surrounding area clean. Always remain proactive in controlling fleas.
- Because senior cats are prone to inactivity, inspect your cat’s nails regularly and trim them when necessary.
- Don’t forget to give your cat plenty of love and attention—the keys to a healthier and more fulfilling life for your senior cat!
We’re here for you when it comes to caring for your senior cat. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.