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As much as we would like our cats to stay as limber and cheerful as kittens, they age just like everyone else. Growing older means that their needs change also, but how do you know when your cat will need a little extra help? Just look for these signs and symptoms when your cat gets older.

Signs of Aging

As your cat ages and becomes a senior, you may notice a change in their habits. First, you’ll notice that your cat will typically eat less than usual, since elderly cats don’t need as many calories as they did when they were young.

You’ll also likely to see mobility problems and may notice them moving less. Not every cat will experience something like arthritis or have joint problems, but every cat does have a natural drop in energy.

These may also be accompanied by a minor behavior change; although, if a major attitude change is noticed, please take them to a vet to have them checked out.

Finally, you’ll generally notice a thinning of their coat and may even see that their nails are weakening.
Beyond these “normal” problems, look for vision issues, lumps and bumps, increased or decreased urination, and drastic weight loss due to kidney or dental disease. We’re here for you if you need us.

Regular Checkups

There are many issues that your cat may develop as they age, which is why it’s important that you go in for regular checkups to your vet.

Senior cats should be examined by a vet every 6 months to promote their general health, control risks and detect early signs of disease. Your vet will assess your cat’s overall health and check for signs of pain.

Lab Testing

It’s likely that your vet will want to do a little lab testing when they see your cat. This doesn’t mean anything is wrong, but it’s a great precaution against possible diseases. Wellness testing can show problems early on and is used to monitor your cat’s overall health.

Usually, cats who are over 7 years old should get bloodwork performed. This bloodwork will include tests like a complete blood count, blood serum chemistry and will test their thyroid level.

Tooth and Gum Disease

Aging cats have problems with their teeth as well, as plaque builds up and bacteria begins to cause bad breath. This can even cause problems with your cat’s internal organs if it gets bad enough. Help your cat by brushing their teeth and choosing food designed for senior cats.

That said, if your cat develops bad breath, soreness in your its mouth, or they refusal to eat, it’s probably time for a checkup.

Proper Nutrition

Nutritional needs change as cats get older. You already know that older cats won’t eat as much, since they don’t need as many calories. However, monitoring your cat’s eating habits and weight can do a lot to help your cat live a longer life. Make sure they’re getting a good quality senior food and a joint supplement.

Growing older is not something you are able to prevent. However, you have the option to help your cat age gracefully without experiencing unnecessary pain. Keep an eye on its condition and remember these signs of aging in case you see your cat’s behavior changing.

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