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Tips for Taking Care of Old or Senior Cats

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1. Ensure Proper Diet and Nutrition

Diet is an important factor affecting the health of old cats. Owners need to pay attention to the calories of food to avoid excessive obesity. They need to consult the veterinarian about the nutritional diet specially designed for old cats. As they are old, their taste and sense of smell are reduced, so they need to ensure the palatability of food. If they eat at the prescribed time, the health of cats will benefit from fresh food The nutrition provided.

2. Regular Health Examination or Check-Up

For older cats, it is important to seek veterinary care and checkups on a regular basis. As the disease formation is a part of natural aging, it is best for your cats to have a health checkup every six months as they enter their senior years. Routine examinations help to check whether there are any abnormalities in their health, to discover diseases in time and to treat them as soon as possible.

3. Proper Oral Care

Older cats cannot tolerate dental pain and disease. Oral health problems can lead to a reduced appetite, lack of thirst, dehydration and drowsiness. Therefore, we usually use the cat's special toothbrush and toothpaste, pay attention to whether there is tartar, and do a good job in dental care regularly to maintain good oral health.

4. Prevent Infectious and Parasitic Diseases

All cats need to be protected from various infectious diseases and parasitic diseases (such as fleas, ticks, lice, etc.). Since the immune system of older cats and kittens may be weakened, it is important to know what vaccinations are needed or when they should be administered after veterinary care.

5. Proper Grooming and Nail Checks

Pay attention to the fur of older cats and form the habit of combing their fur regularly. Since older cats are less active, their nails will become brittle and need to be carefully trimmed. After aging, their skin may become sensitive or easily damaged, such as urinary incontinence leading to urinary scald, which will stimulate the skin excessively. Keeping the coat groomed can promote a healthy coat and skin, as well as the checking of the condition of your cat's fur.

6. A Comfortable Environment

Since older cats are prone to arthritis and other diseases, it is necessary to provide them with soft and comfortable beds to rest on. The right amount of exercise can help maintain a healthy weight. An appropriate amount of exercise should be given based on your cat’s condition and the recommendation of your veterinarian. Matting or guardrail protection should be installed at the door or balcony to assist the cats in moving. Giving older cats more love and affection, hugs and petting, their favorite toys, and sincere care are the best ways to maintain the mental health of older cats.

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