Are you a proud owner of an older cat? Many cats are now living longer thanks to preventative healthcare and advances in veterinary medicine. You may begin to see normal signs of aging in your older cat around 10-12 years of age, which is the human equivalent of 55-60. As your cat ages, he will appreciate a few changes to his (your) home to make it safer, more secure and accessible.
Keep in mind that there are some disease-related changes in older cats which may look like normal aging, but actually require medical intervention. To ensure your older cat is aging gracefully, physical examinations and bloodwork screenings are recommended twice a year. Seek veterinary advice sooner if you have any concerns with changes in your older cat’s behavior.
Your older cat has changing needs. Making some changes to your home can help your cat feel more comfortable and safe. For information or advice about the special needs of your senior cat, please contact your veterinarian. Further information can also be found at the Cornell Feline Health Center.