5 Signs that your cat is ageing
As a ‘pet parent’ you may not like to think about the fact that your cat is getting older, perhaps because of the risks that come with age, such as cancer, arthritis, brain ageing and kidney disease. But even if your cat is ageing, he or she can now live a longer, healthier life thanks to better care and nutrition.
It’s not always easy to spot the signs that your cat is ageing. If your cat is aged 7 and over they are considered senior even if the signs of ageing are not visible. “It’s not just what you see on the outside that counts. We know that inside every cell in the body, ageing is occurring,” says Dr Guy Fyvie, Veterinary Affairs Manager at Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
Cats are also great pretenders and are not ones for making a big scene whenever they feel under the weather. “But cats are susceptible to just as many symptoms of ageing as the rest of us. The good news is that astute pet parents can spot the signs of ageing once they know the small changes to look out for,” adds Dr Fyvie.
Signs of ageing can include:
Getting help for your ageing cat
If you notice any of the above signs of ageing in your cat it’s vital to make an appointment with your veterinarian. “It’s important to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may cause some of the age-related signs before arriving at any conclusion,” says Dr Fyvie.
Following your visit, you may have to make some changes to ensure your pet is comfortable, like rearranging furniture, or making a change in the food that you choose to feed them.
You may feel guilty about changing your pet’s favourite food but it’s important for their health to be on the right diet for their age. Research shows that nutrition affects how your pet’s cells function. The right nutrition can help protect cells and fight the effects ageing. Keep your 7+ cat in the game with Hill’s Science Plan Youthful Vitality. This breakthrough nutrition is formulated with natural ingredients to help support your pet's ongoing vitality through increased activity, interaction and mobility.
“Getting older doesn’t have to slow your pet down. If you recognise any of the signs of ageing in your dog or cat, consult with your veterinarian to determine the best action plan, including nutrition,” says Dr Fyvie.
Date Published: 16 July 2018