(Closed) Senior cats question

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You shouldn’t really have to do much unless you notice changes in her personality.   My old cat growing up is now 18 and he is mostly the same cat, just a little more tired.  He is on medication for a few issues but not much.  Just keep taking your cat to the vet and telling them if you notice anything unusual.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

@amberdk:  I wouldn’t even think about worrying about it until you notice her slowing down etc. I know medically a cat is considered senior at 8-10 years of age, but personally I don’t start thinking of them as “old” until they’re more like 12-14. I don’t think you need to do anything differently at this point, unless something changes.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

Just keep an eye on it healthwise. Cats can suffer from similar aliments that humans do as they age. My senior cat who is about 15 has started to display signs of dementia (total personality change). Cats are also prone to kidney disease as they age as the kidneys start to shut down.

Other basic things are they may not groom as well, arthritis especially in the hips/back legs and bowl/UT problems as they have trouble breaking down thigs like proteins.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@amberdk:  thank you for being a wonderful, caring and loving cat owner! Honestly, I dont take my cats to the vet unless there is a reason to or a check up every few years or so. My cats are almost 4 and 7. The 7 year old is about as frisky as a cat can get. Yet the 4 year old is completely laid back. so, i think it really depends on your cat. You said he/she is pretty active, so when you start to notice the activity lowering then I would get her/him a check up and ask your vet what you should do. πŸ˜€ In the meantime, make sure you continue to give your cat a consistent food diet and plenty of fresh water. I freshen my cats water twice a day (morning and night) and have two bowls of water around the house. Most cats dont drink enough water and it can significally affect their health. The older they get the more important it is for them to drink enough water.  Also, when cats get older one of the most common health issues are UTI/bladder problems, constipation or diahrea, and diabetes. So, its important to monitor their litter box use and food consumption.

Oh, and if you can get your cat to eat pure canned pumpkin (NO ADDED SUGAR) it can significantly improve their digestive track health. My cats wont eat it for some reason but some cats love it! πŸ˜€

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Once a kitty hits a certain age, it may be a good idea to get a simple blood test done while you’re at your yearly checkup to check vital organ functions. My little fuzzball is 15 and a blood test revealed the functioning of her thyroid, liver, her kidneys and sugar levels. All were good except for kidneys, so she’s now on a renal health diet (she loves it!). 

A lot of ladies have given you wonderful advice, but the best advice comes directly from your cat’s vet, who is familair with your cat’s medical history and can give you tips to keep your senior pet happy and healthy.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Just keep an eye on her and if you notice anything at all strange, take her in to the vet. We know our pets so well when we love them (like you obviously do) so even if it isn’t something obvious like diarrhea or a lot of barfing, you can probably recognize when something is off. My 9 year old cat passed away a few years ago from cancer and the only indication she ever gave us that something was wrong (before really going downhill after we knew) was that she was “sitting funny”. The jerk of a vet in the small town we lived in at the time scoffed at my mom but she pressed on and the tumors were found. 

Anyway, not trying to make this into a sad story but just be aware that even tiny things like that can mean something big in an older cat. Good luck with her, and I hope she lives for many more happy and healthy years! My family has a sweet old 16 year old cat right now with kidney failure and hyper-thyroidism that were also similarly diagnosed from seemingly innocuous symptoms, but now are managed by regular medication and she’s doing great.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Just keep your eye on her health, and take her to the vets for regular check ups. 

It might be a good idea to give her food formulated for senior cats, as they help keep their joints healthy as well as their organs. But I wouldn’t worry about anything because she sounds very healthy and happy Smile

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Consider having routine bloodwork performed at her annual physicals.  Even if she is feeling great you may catch early stages of kidney disease and can intervene sooner if treatment is needed than waiting until she starts to feel unwell.

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