Caring for Older Cats
As cats get older their nutritional requirements change. Middle age cats are often overweight or obese. As a cat ages, they may not be able to digest protiens and fats as will as their younger counterparts. This can lead to weight loss if an older cats need for fats and proteins are not being met.
The weight and body condition of older cats should be checked and recored regularly. A sudden change in weight or body condition should alert you to the fact that your cat may not be getting enough fats and proteins. If this is the case, a change in diet may be needed.
Older cats need a diet rich in fats and proteins in order to keep up their weight and condition. If your cat has loss his/her appetite, you may need to see a veterinarian. There are medicines that can help stimulate your cats appetite. In drastic situations, feeding tubes may be called for.
As a cat ages, its kidneys do not function as efficiently as a younger cat. This can cause your cat to become dehydrated. Constipation is a symptom that your cat may be dehydrated. If you cats feces is hard and pellet-like, this can be asign.
Dripping water from a faucet or fountian can encourage older cats to drink more water. If you use dry cat food, you may want to switch to canned cat food, it has more moisture. Adding water to food can help as well. Look for food that is lower in salt content.
Older cats can also exhibit pain from health problems like arthritis, bad teeth, or urinary infections. Your veterinarian should be able to provide pain relivers for your cat.