Signs of Aging in Your Cat and How You Can Ease the Transition to this Phase
TGIF! Do you know what time it is? It’s Party Marty time! The day for which you have been waiting all week! Woohoo! Your favorite cat is back on the scene!
Now, today’s topic might be met with some resistance for those readers among us who are furry, four-legged, feline and facing that glorious afternoon of life! However, aging is a natural process among humans and furry friends alike. So…if you have a cat that is getting on in years, there are a few symptoms that can signify old age.
By 15 years of age, cats begin to exhibit signs of brain aging, according to the American Association of Feline Practitioners. This can impact not only your cat, but you and your family members, as well.
Here are a few signs of cognitive brain disorders in senior cats:
Lack of appetite
Taking potty breaks outside of the litter box
Less interaction with humans and other pets
Decreased problem solving skills
Less overall awareness of surroundings
Disrupted sleep-awake cycles
Loud crying, primarily during the nighttime hours
So, how do you deal with all of this while helping your cat through this time of his life? It is important to provide the right nutrition and mental stimulation. Choose foods that are high in antioxidants and omega fatty acids. This aids in cognitive function. Incorporate a maze or puzzle ball into feeding time.
When it is time for nighttime slumber, keep your cat’s sleeping area quiet and safe. As his vision may be declining, keep a light or night-light turned on, especially since his sleep-awake patterns are changing and he might be prone to wandering around at night.
Make sure you apply non-skid surfaces in your home and add ramps or steps to assist your aging cat to get to places without having to jump. You may even want to add more litter boxes or get a bigger one, as your cat may experience more waste elimination at this time in his life.
Now, I am not suggesting that aging is a negative process. It’s natural. Just know that your cat does not have to go through it alone, and with your help, love and assistance, he will still be able to enjoy every single day in your loving care.
Thanks to hillspet.com for this helpful information!