Like humans, cats become most susceptible to health problems in old age. Some of these problems can be a natural consequence of the ageing of the body, so it is useless to fight them. At the same time, a variety of other physical diseases and ailments can be easily avoided or even completely cured.
Regular visits to your veterinarian will be the best guarantee of your pet’s good health. Also, you should keep in mind that some veterinary clinics specialize in the treatment of older cats. During a routine check-up, the veterinarian will usually weigh the cat and perform a thorough body examination. If there is any concern about the cat’s health, the doctor may take a urine and blood test from your pet for a more thorough examination and identify signs of the presence of certain diseases typical of older cats.
Also, keep in mind that your pet will still need to get vaccinated as well as procedures to get rid of fleas and worms in old age.
Older cats often have more gum and dental problems than younger cats. That is why you should regularly perform dental examinations of your pet’s oral cavity.
Skin, hair and nails
Even in old age, a cat needs healthy and strong claws, which it needs to protect itself and climb trees. That is why trimming your pet’s claws is only necessary if absolutely necessary. Due to the fact that cats are less active during ageing, they do not sharpen their claws as often as in their youth, and therefore you will have to trim your pet’s nails from time to time. Often, in old age, cats lose the ability to fully retract their claws, as a result of which they may look somewhat longer than they really are. So be careful when trimming them – don’t cut too much!
A decrease in the flexibility and elasticity of joints during ageing leads to the fact that a cat in old age sometimes cannot fully wash and clean its fur. However, you, as the owner, can help your pet with this task with a brush. Short-haired cats need grooming (grooming) only once a week, while long-haired cats need to be brushed every day. Try to avoid bathing your pet unless absolutely necessary, as it can be stressful for older cats.