How to Keep Your Senior Cat Happy and Healthy

Senior CatAs our feline friends get older, their health needs tend to change. Cats are typically considered “senior” once they reach about 11 years old. At this point, they may become more prone to digestive issues, dental disease and other common health issues. The good news is, there are steps their human companions can take to keep senior cats healthy and comfortable throughout their twilight years.

Keep Senior Cats Inside

Perhaps the number-one thing you can do to ensure a long, healthy life for your cat is to keep him or her indoors. Cats of all ages are less likely to catch diseases, get into a scrap with another animal or have an accident with a vehicle when you keep them inside. Make sure your senior cat has a stimulating indoor environment with plenty of toys to play with and perches to explore.

Play Often

While it’s true that senior cats tend to snooze more than their younger counterparts, it’s still important to play. Regular, gentle play helps senior cats stay physically fit and mentally alert.

Get to Know Your Vet

Just like people, cats are more likely to develop chronic health problems as they age, from arthritis to certain types of cancer. Take your senior cat to the vet on a regular basis even if nothing seems to be the matter, and don’t wait to visit the vet if you observe a sudden change in appetite, energy or bowel movements.

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