The effects of aging in cats and how to support them

The aging of cats leads to notable physical and behavioral changes, requiring adaptation of the care provided. They may have reduced activity, hearing and vision problems, and an increased propensity for diseases such as kidney failure, arthritis, and diabetes. To best support them:

  • Adapt their environment: facilitate access to their favorite resting places and ensure that food, water and litter are easily accessible. Ramps or stairs can help cats with arthritis.
  • Optimize their diet: offer a diet adapted to the needs of seniors, rich in essential nutrients and easy to digest, following the advice of a veterinarian.
  • Prioritize veterinary visits: regular examinations allow health problems to be quickly detected and treated, to check the condition of their teeth, and to adjust the treatment of chronic diseases.
  • Maintain a calm environment: Reduce stress by avoiding sudden changes in their routine and providing a safe haven to rest quietly.

These adjustments help improve the quality of life of older cats, with an emphasis on their comfort and health.



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