Senior Cat Care
As cats age, cats can show subtle changes to their behaviour that can be related to old age changes or diseases. It is important to spot these and discuss them with your veterinarian.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of aging?
Signs of aging can start as early as 6 or 7 years old and can include pain due to arthritis, muscle mass loss, weight loss, decreased hearing or sight, and difficulty grooming or playing. Look for decreased grooming or over-grooming and hair loss, dull or matted hair coat, less flexibility when grooming or moving/sleeping, urinating or defecating outside the litter box, difficulty jumping up or down off objects or stairs, personality changes including increased aggression or hiding, and less interest in playing or socializing.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
It is best to bring your cat in for an exam and talk to your veterinarian. There are some simple blood tests that can be run to rule out common health issues.
What are some tips for how to care for my senior cat?
Talk to your veterinarian if you have any concerns or see any changes in your cat’s appearance or behaviour. Ensure your cat isn’t losing weight, drinking or peeing more, and get prompt veterinarian care if you see any of these changes. Keep your cat at a healthy weight and keep your cat active.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
Arthritis, kidney disease, hyperthyroidism (losing weight despite a good appetite), diabetes, and some types of cancer are common health issues of aging cats. Bloodwork can be done to rule out most of these diseases.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
Loss of sight, hearing, and muscle mass and pain can cause behaviour changes. Older animals experience types of dementia as well. Ensure your cat has a thorough physical exam and blood work to rule out common diseases that can cause behavioural changes.