Pets grow up in the blink of an eye, don’t they? The life expectancy of a cat is greater than other household pets. Cats, on average, live up to 15 years. 15 years is a significant amount of time to build memories. No matter how intertwined their lives are with ours, we have to accept that they might be aging. It is heartbreaking to see your little piece of love grow old. But acceptance is the first key to help them.
Pets Uniq believes that pet owners always have pure intentions. Therefore, it is better to put the right efforts to direct those intentions. Aging cats might be facing problems every day. A little help from their owner could make the growing phase like a breeze. To truly understand your aging cat, you must be aware of the potential problems. Here are some of the common problems that cats face while aging:
Loss of appetite
Loss of appetite is one of the most common problems observed in aging cats. Your feline fellow starts to slowly reduce the amount of food they usually consume. Pet owners feel like falling off the cliff as none of their efforts convince their cats to eat. Loss of appetite could be due to a lack of activity or physical stimulation. You don’t have to worry as long as your cat is getting essential nutrients. Check with your vet if your cat stops eating all of a sudden. It could be because of any underlying disease such as degenerative joint disease or arthritis.
Loss of memory
Aging cats usually find it difficult to recognize familiar places or people. Loss of memory due to aging is more common in cats than human beings. Minor to major loss of memory affects 55 percent of cats on average. This may result in your cat having trouble in finding the litter box or bed. It could also result in showing no affection towards the people in your house. Pet owners usually get worried after seeing this. Instead of getting worried, try to find patterns in your cat’s behavior. This could help you in adjusting your house in ways that would cater to the needs of your cat.
Lack of activity
Aging results in lethargic or sluggish behavior. Cats lose their excitement and activity level as they age. They stop initiating playtime and stop reacting to your efforts to initiate one. Gradually, they lose interest in everything. Their favorite toys, treats, puzzles, and laser games stop catching their eye. It is truly heartbreaking to see your beloved cat is such a condition. But you have to stay strong and work towards making your cat healthy. You can do this by cuddling with your cat before initiating a play session. You can get an active kitten or cat to accompany your cat. But do not overwhelm your little fellow and let it act according to its mood.
Aging cats usually find it to difficult to stick to a routine. Their sleep cycle usually reverses. They spend the entire day sleeping or laying around. The night is either spent trying to sleep or waking up from sleep again and again. This becomes a habit as soon as the cat starts aging. If your cat is bothered by this then check with your vet. Your vet might prescribe sleep-inducing medicines for your cat.
Confusion is another sad aspect of aging. Aging cats run into several problems due to a lack of mental stimulation. They often wander around without any reason. They might end up staring into the space or a random object for hours. Aging cats easily get lost in places they have known for years. They also find it impossible to overcome an obstacle or navigate around the house. This shows that their cognitive abilities are deteriorating.
Changes in weight
The weight of a senior cat fluctuates abnormally. This could be attributed to a loss of appetite. If your cat is gaining weight then it is probably due to lack of activity. Nevertheless, aging cats either gain a lot of weight or lose a lot of weight. Check with your vet to find out if there’s an underlying disease behind this sudden weight loss. Other than that, fluctuating weight is normal for aging cats.
As cats age, their behavioral development completely changes. Some cats become overly clingy or dependent on you. Some stop reacting to you. Some stop welcoming other people, and pets. They become more anxious and irritated. They become needy for constant contact. Therefore, the owner should try to spend more time with their cat. Understanding a cat’s emotional needs are highly important to combat this situation.
The immune system of an older cat is weaker than a younger one’s. Therefore, they are prone to diseases. Hence, as a responsible pet owner, you should try your best to save your cat from potential diseases. Keep a check on your cat’s diet. A healthier homemade diet is generally preferred. Also, keep your cat away from a sick cat or any other animal.
Due to several underlying diseases, older cats get dehydrated easily. This leads to decreased immunity and lower blood circulation. If your cat is aging then it is better to keep your cat dehydrated. Take precautionary measures even if your cat isn’t thirsty all the time. Dehydration results in lethargy as well. Hence, make sure your cat is hydrated.
Older cats generally lose interest in everything. Their motivation and will to get up and move slowly fades away. This results in less grooming. This sometimes causes them to be shy and they stop interacting. Therefore, less grooming results in laziness. However, you can help your cat by grooming it yourself. Invest more time in grooming them. This would help your feline friend relax and be happy.
Aging cats go through several problems. Most of the problems are easier to deal with. You simply have to invest more time and effort to normalize everything for your feline fellow. But if you notice any extreme behavior or change then it is better to check with your vet. Extreme problems usually arise from underlying diseases. It is better to diagnose any disease before it gets out of hands. Aging is already a tough phase for a cat but a disease could double the pain. Hence, contact your vet and share your cat’s details. Other than that, all an aging cat needs is an understanding owner. Therefore, put the effort in understanding the needs and mood of your cat. This would make aging easier for your cat.
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