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What age is a cat considered senior

The majority of cats that are considered senior will usually be around three to four years old although there are some that are closer to six years old. A cat that is considered to be senior is one that has reached their prime, and are no longer the fastest moving and most energetic of cats. They are still very active and alert but are more sedate in comparison to younger cats. They will still spend time playing, hunting and sniffing, but their movements will no longer be as fast or as agile as in the younger years.

What is the most common health problem in older cats?

Cats are surprisingly healthy animals, and the main problem they face is associated with age. A cat’s immune system declines as they get older and they are more susceptible to infection and disease. Some of the more common problems that older cats are more prone to include:

Heart disease

Kidney disease

Respiratory infections

Stroke

Liver disease

Hip dysplasia

Osteoporosis

How can I prepare for an older cat’s eventual decline?

There are many things that you can do to ensure that you cat stays healthy and happy for as long as possible. Here we will look at some of the most important things that you can do to keep your older cat healthy:

Feed them a healthy diet

During their prime, your cat will need a diet that is rich in protein and low in carbohydrates. Cats do not need to be fed with high fat foods, as this can lead to obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes. A healthy cat diet should contain minimal carbs and no added salt. The ideal diet for your cat will contain a good source of protein (meat, fish, poultry and eggs), with some low fat natural fats (such as canola oil and flaxseed oil). Dogs, rabbits and other carnivores thrive on high fat diets and most cats would do well to follow the same diet.

Keep them active

Cats love to move, so it is important that they have plenty of opportunity to play. Even if they are old, they can still play and chase cardboard boxes and string. If they are unable to chase something they will still be able to play simply by moving around their environment. You can also play with them by throwing balls, putting up a catnip toy, taking them for a walk or by simply having a cuddle.

Help them to live as independently as possible

Old age is difficult for any pet, but it is particularly difficult for cats. They can’t keep up with their owners and are often left to fend for themselves when they need to go outside. It is important that you don’t keep them indoors all the time. This will make them feel isolated and unhappy.

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