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Concerned about your elderly cat and monitoring their health? Read our guide

You and your elderly cat

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.

Things to look out for

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:

  • thirst and appetite issues
  • elimination of faeces or urine
  • changes in mobility or activity
  • behaviour - including vocalisation or grumpiness
  • disorientation
  • changes in social and environmental interaction
  • house soiling

How to help your elderly cat

There are numerous things you can do as an owner to help your elderly cat stay content, comfortable and free of stress and pain.

  • Microchipping - make sure your cat is microchipped. Older cats are more likely to become disorientated, so you'll want to make sure they can be easily identified
  • Beds - Allow your cat to reach their bed by providing boxes or furniture for them to climb on to. Ensure there are plenty of warm and safe spaces for them to sleep
  • Somewhere to perch up high - older cats aren't as agile, so they'll need assistance in reaching a higher level. Provide a foot stool to help them up
  • Litter trays - provide plenty of litter trays in your home. Some elderly cats become anxious about their territory and offering clean and accessible litter trays is important

You can find out more about caring for your elderly cat in our guide.

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