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Aging is a natural part of life. It’s an inevitability that we must all face including our furry family members. The effects aging has on your cat can be a scary experience for you if you’re not prepared. Knowing how to handle aging in your cat can enable you to have a better understanding of the feline aging process and how to accommodate your older furry friend during this time.

How to Know If Your Cat Is Aging  

 

When Will Your Cat Start to Age?

While cats are living longer than they ever have, they start to age when they reach 7 years old. Between ages 7 and 10 is when you’ll start to notice changes in your furry friend that could be due to growing older. Some of your cat’s aging issues will be mild while others will require involvement on your part.

What Are the Common Issues in Aging Cats?

Dental Disease:

Keeping your cat’s teeth healthy is paramount to your cat’s overall health. If you ignore your cat’s teeth when he’s younger, it could pose serious issues for him as he ages. Loss of teeth as well as heart and kidney problems could result from years of poor dental hygiene.

Arthritis:

Much like with humans, cats can experience arthritis as they age. The brittleness of their bones will make it painful to move which could cause your aging feline friend to move less.

Inactivity:

Your cat could become less active as he ages. As already mentioned, the inactivity could result due to arthritic pain or simply just a lack of interest in moving.

Weight Gain:

A combination of inactivity as your cat ages paired with an already slowing metabolism will lead to a bit of weight gain in your cat.

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome:

Perhaps the most frightening of all aging issues is CDS. This disease is a form of dementia in cats caused by a loss of brain cells in your cat that results in changes in behavior. It is more common in cats who are 10-years old or more. Because the symptoms of the disease can easily be attributed to aging, there is no real way to prevent it, diagnose it, or even treat it.

What’s the Best Way to Handle Aging in Your  Cat?

While your cat may experience one or even all the above issues of aging, only a pet medical professional can definitively diagnose your cat’s symptoms. Always consult your vet before trying any new diets or remedies for your pet. He can help you determine the best plan to treat the symptoms of aging or some methods to help your cat adapt to some of these issues. Educating yourself about the aging issues your feline friend may face, and consulting your vet as needed will prepare you to handle your cat’s aging issues and make this stage of his life as hassle-free as possible.

How old is your cat? Have you noticed any of the above aging symptoms? How have you handled aging in your cat?


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