Caring for your elderly cat

As your cat begins to age, they will tend to need more support from their owners, who they’ve developed a companionship with over many years.

Petplan looks at how to care for an elderly cat, giving you top tips to ensure your furry friend enjoys their elderly years…

At what age is your cat considered ‘old’?

Cats are considered ‘senior’ when they reach 8 to 10 years old. Factors such as breed and previous health problems however, will impact how quickly cats age.

Aging affects many aspects of a cat’s overall health and well-being, and often impacts their mobility, as well as their ability to groom themselves.

However relatively small interventions can make a huge difference to the overall comfort and happiness of your cat.

Tips for caring for your senior cat

Symptoms to look out for

While aging is part of life, it is worth looking out for common early-warning symptoms that will alert you to potential illnesses that may potentially worsen if left untreated:

If you notice any of the above signs, or are worried about anything else regarding your cat’s behaviour or health, contact your vet for advice.

What is your favourite thing about caring for elderly cats? Let us know in the comments below…