How to Care for Your Elderly Cat


Health needs change throughout our lifetimes. As we age, we tend to slow down and pay more attention to our health needs. The same goes for our feline friends. These tips will help you care for your cat as he or she adjust to the senior lifestyle.

Health Tips for Aging Cats:

Don’t Put Off Annual Exams
Routine veterinary visits are important for pets of all ages, but it’s even more important with age.  In some cases, your senior cat should be examined twice a year to help prevent dental disease, arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease, and other medical maladies. 

Alter Their Diet Appropriately
Dietary requirements may change with age.  If your cat is no longer as active as he or she once was, you may need to alter their diet to help them maintain a healthy weight.  

Cushion Aging Joints
Does your cat have difficulty falling asleep?  Make sure that they have a comfortable bed to sleep in.  Provide plenty of blanket and cushions to support their aging joints.

Provide Healthy Playtime
Playtime is a great way to keep your cat entertained and help him or her keep their muscles and joints healthy and strong.  However, be sure to choose age-appropriate toys and keep an eye out for signs of pain.  If your cat suffers from arthritis, your cat may lose its desire to play.

If you have any questions about how to care for your senior cat or it’s time to schedule your regular health check-up, contact one of our offices. Not only are our veterinarians experienced in caring for cats of all ages, we also have feline-only practices that offer added comfort and ease of care for your pets.  

Our experienced veterinarians can answer any questions you have about how to keep your pet happy and healthy.

Contact one of our offices below:

The Cat Hospital

5th Avenue Cat Clinic

Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital

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