Older Cats

Did you know that the average cat ages 12 cat years in each of their first 2 human years, then 4 cat years for every human year after that? So your 18 year old cat is a very respectable 88 year old lady. Knowing your cat’s human age puts things into perspective and reminds us that older cats require special attention and extra care. Take a moment to organise your older cat’s environment such that all of her resources are within easy reach. Give her a litter tray or two indoors and consider having food and water dishes on each level of the house. Make sure she has a warm, comfy bed and give her a ramp up to it if necessary. Older cats commonly develop chronic disease such as kidney disease or hyperthyroidism so keep a close eye on her weight, appetite and drinking habits and have her checked out regularly by the vet.