Watching a Pet Grow Up is Always Something Special
One of the greatest pleasures in life is having a pet, particularly if you have had them from young and growing up with them is particularly special. You have nurtured and cared for your cat all through their life and as they get older they become slower and probably sleep longer and seem to need less attention. But as they get older there are some things you need to keep an eye on:
Keep An Eye On Diet & Exercise
- Ensure your cat is on the appropriate diet for their age, moving an adult cat onto a food such as Hills Vet Essentials Mature Adult from age 7 years, will benefit their health. Feeding a few small meals to the older cat can help with digestion too.
- Feed according to their activity level is very important, a neutered adult cat needs less than an active kitten, as your senior cat begins to slow down and go outdoors less then he will need less food. Keeping their weight down will help prevent or delay problems later in life.
- Encourage some play and activity to keep joints moving, if your cat becomes very reluctant to jump up, or play then there may be some arthritic changes happening and you should visit your vet.
- Observe your pet regularly for any changes in their posture, demeanour, appetite etc as these can be early signs of problems.
Look After Teeth & Nails!
- Dental health is important too, if possible check your cats teeth regularly, brushing the teeth is a good habit to get into. Dry kibble is also what we would recommend for good dental care.
- Keep an eye on nails if your cat is not very active or going outdoors as these can become overgrown.
A Few Other Tips..
- Parasite control is also key to good health keep your cat up to date every month
- Finally lots of TLC you can’t love your cat too much