Looking after the older feline

Caring for our elderly feline friends

Many of our elderly feline friends cannot withstand extreme temperatures, so keep their bed away from draughts. In their twilight years they often have less fat to keep them warm, so they need to be as cosy, especially if they are recovering from an illness or treatment.

Many things can change for them as they get older including things like, a reduction in muscle tone, Their appetite, toilet routine, the condition of their coat, age-associated disorders, psychology and behavioural changes.

Keep their cat area as clean as possible, especially during the winter months. Help to keep it fresh by vacuuming and keeping the bed dust free.

Often during the night, they may cry out as a sign of being lonely or in need of reassurance.

If they can be in your bedroom, that might help them feel less alone.

Meowing at night can also mean several other things, moving home can cause them anxiety, they see other animals outside, perhaps they are bored and want to play, hungry or thirsty, even confusion which could be a sign of dementia.

If your furry pal is suffering with anxiety, help them to feel more relaxed by letting them sleep beside you.

If you are worried or concerned, seek advice from a vet.

It’s important to get expert help, as cats at all ages can also develop an overactive thyroid or kidney disease.

When they reach their older years, they can be more prone to vocalising. It’s important they have more regular health checks, many vets run geriatric clinics especially for them.