Post # 1
So today I learned that a cat is considered senior at age 7. Well I didn’t know that as my cat just turned 9 early January.
I have never had a cat this old before, and I was wondering if there were anything I should do for her. Like put her on vitamins? change her food thats for senior cats? And if so what brands?
Or should I let it go, and keep things as they are now as she doesn’t show her age a.k.a runs up and down the hallways like a mad woman and still very much playful.
Just curious if theres anything I can or importantly should be do to help with her aging. Any advice from anyone who’s had some older cats is appreciated. 🙂
Post # 3
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 # 4
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Sounds good enough for me! Thanks or the info 🙂
Post # 5
@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
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
@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. 😀 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! 😀
Post # 8
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
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 # 10
@Jijitattoo: I really thought the same thing as considering 12-14 old aswell so I was pretty surprised when I saw it was a bit younger.
@j_jaye: Thank you for the tips! I really wasn’t aware of these things. The only elderly animal Ive ever had to deal was our family dog who passed away peacefully at 15 with no medical conditions that our vet alarmed us with. So its nice to be informed with what can possibly happen with cats.
@bestbuddies: Thank you for the compliment! 🙂 I do love her very much. I adopted her when she was 5 years old 🙂 Ill have to try the canned pumpkin, Im sure she’d like it!
@Eight6Eleven: Absolutely! Her yearly check up isnt for quit some time, but your right, its always best to ask the vet and hopefully do a blood check as it doesnt sound like such a bad idea.
@Pinkmoon: Oh wow 🙁 thats a shame to hear about your cat. Who would have linked a cat sitting funny into something like cancer? I know I never would. It really is the little things we have to watch out for!
Thanks bees for the helpful input! You guys are great!
Post # 11
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
Post # 12
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.