Tips about Senior Cat Health Care
By Claude West (Cat Man)
Seems like they were juveniles just yesterday terrorizing the house and yard. Now you have this feeling of dread as signs of old age set in. Yes, it is a desperate feeling that we have no control over. We need to adjust our mindset to the reality that this is a part of life. So sad but so real. I ask you, what are you going to do about it? You not the cat, please! Ignoring the reality and situation will not make it better or go away.
So many people give up on their geriatric pets because it is no longer convenient to them. What we need to do most is provide them with great nutrition, supplements, and love in their last years. I blog about cats not humans. What I can say is you have a responsibility to your senior. Just as much as when they were young.
“Rather than becoming anxious about our companion’s declining abilities. We can become proactive in preventing or delaying the onset of age-related disease. Also adjust our interactions with them. Rather than becoming frustrated by their lack of hearing, poor eyesight or other disabilities. Adjusting our expectations reduces stress for both guardian and companion.”~ Dr. Larry Seigler
Senior Cat Health Care Needs
One of the first things to do is make sure kitty is on a good balanced diet. There are many senior diets in the commercial market. Most are high in carbohydrates and fat but low in in protein. Senior cats activity and metabolism has slowed due to aging. They need less carbohydrates and fat but more protein to help maintain muscle mass.
Some concerns about high protein diet and kidney disease are unwarranted. The research and practice show dietary protein has nothing to do with development of kidney disease. Kibble or dry cat food with quality protein sources can affect the kidneys. Reason is the moisture content of 10 percent or less concentrates the urine in the kidneys and bladder. This is more evident with cats than dogs due to the drinking habits of each.
As cats age their metabolism slows down. After 12 years of age, they start to lose weight due to the decreased ability to digest and metabolize fats and protein. Therefore, the commercial senior diets in the market provide the opposite of what your older kitty requires.
Senior Cat Health Care Needs as they age
Another reason your kitty is slowing down may be due to arthritis. In caring for senior cats this is one of the most prevalent conditions. Adding supplements to their food such as Cosequin (glucosamine and chondroitin mix) or use a glucosamine and MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane). In addition, you need to provide kitty with supplements that support their immune system.
Quality animal probiotics and digestive enzymes because their immune system is what usually fails in senior cats. I recommend purchasing these from a quality online provider rather than a pet food store. Consider consulting your veterinarian or certified animal naturopath who will give you their recommendation and dosage amounts.
You can also help take care of your senior cat by providing elevated water and food bowls making it easier for them to access. Consider providing a soft well-padded bed that is easy to get in and out of and reduce the need to jump up to favorite high places with ramps or steps. Because of lower activity and a slower metabolism, senior cats need warmth and shelter to protect them from the winter elements.
Due to the amount of information on the subject of taking care of your senior cat there will be more to follow.
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