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What Can You Expect As Your Cat Ages?

By: Dr. Jon

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You aren't getting older, you're getting better - at least, that's what a lot of people tell themselves. The same goes for our cats, but we can't ignore some of the changes that occur as the years advance.

Every cat ages differently but there are some common changes that occur as the body gets older. Here is a list of some of the most common things that develop in elderly cats.

1. Loss of hearing. As cats age, the nerve cells and hearing apparatus degenerates, resulting in a slow loss of hearing.

2. Loss of vision. The lens of the eye becomes cloudy with age. Natural changes result in lenticular sclerosis, which typically does not cause significant vision loss. However, cataracts may develop, which do interfere with vision.

3. Decreased activity. As cats age, their metabolic rate slows, resulting in a decreased activity level.

4. Weight gain. Elderly cats require 30 to 40 percent fewer calories. By eating a normal maintenance diet, obesity often develops.

5. Infections. As the body ages the immune system weakens, making it harder for the cat to ward off infections.

There are several more changes that occur to cats as they age. Take a minute to Read about them and learn what they are so that you will know what to expect. Go to: What to Expect in Aging Cats.

Also, learn about common diseases in older cats and what their signs are. Go to: 10 common diseases of senior cats.

Thanks to better nutrition, better veterinary care and excellent care on the part of the owner, cats are living longer. Knowing what to expect as your cat ages will allow you to give your cat the best quality of life possible in his golden years.

Keep your cat healthy. Make sure you feed a good quality food. Watch for abnormal signs and see your veterinarian if you see any problem.

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