Unfortunately, all of our cats will eventually get old and elderly cat health problems will plague them, if they should live so long, it’s just nature’s way. But, that doesn’t mean that we can’t do something about it, no way, we can definitely help our cats live gracefully and with less pain into their old age.
Your veterinarian is a great source of information, if you have the time to speak with yours during your scheduled checkups. But, there is also a lot of very credible information online, not every source will be credible, but there is plenty of content which will allow you to make an informed decision about your cat’s health problems with enough reading.
Elderly cats need quite a bit less food than do younger more active cats. So, please, you’re doing your cat a favor by feeding them less food. You may want to spoil your older cats, but this is not the way to do it, sincerely, if you over feed your cat and they put on too much weight they will develop the exact same ailments that over weight elderly people do, their joints will ache, their cardiovascular system’s will suffer, and they may even develop diabetes.
So, do yourself and your cat a favor and create more play time as a treat, instead of feeding them more food. If your older cat is overweight, simply start cutting back on the amount of food that you feed them in small increments, until you see their weight begin to slowly drop over a period of weeks, we don’t want them to drop too much weight too fast, just like with humans this can be dangerous to the their bodies.
Older cats need exercise just like we do, so build them a little cat gym that’s all their own and make sure to get some active play time in on a regular basis. You love your cat, so show that love by making them be a little more active, all it takes is just a little bit of effort and your cat will stay in great condition.
Some elderly cats will have problems with their eye sight and their hearing, so be aware of that fact if they aren’t as attentive as they once were. There’s really not much that we can do when a cat’s eye’s start to go, except for feed them a healthy raw food diet and make sure they get enough activity. Diet and exercise are the key to solving many elderly cat health problems, just as they solve many of our elderly health issues as well.