Whether you've decided to adopt an older cat, or your much-loved moggy is now beginning to age, you'll be aware that elderly cats need a little extra care. By understanding your cat's changing needs, you can ensure they are happy, comfortable and free from pain.
Elderly cats need more frequent vet visits than younger cats and this is particularly true if they have any age-associated symptoms or pre-existing health conditions. Speak to your vet about regular vet checks, or enquire with your practice about special geriatric clinics for older cats.
Regular weight checks are particularly important, as well as booster vaccinations to help support your cat's immune system as it gets older.
In addition to regular health checks, you'll need to take your cat to the vet if there is any visible change in health or behaviour. This can include:
There are numerous things you can do as an owner to help your elderly cat stay content, comfortable and free of stress and pain.
You can find out more about caring for your elderly cat in our guide.