Show Some TLC: How to Help Your Geriatric Cat Thrive

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Signs of illness may show up first in your cat’s litter box, so monitor his use of the box daily to detect problems early.

If your cat has a condition that requires constant monitoring, keep him separated from other pets and household disturbances. Cats as a general rule don’t like change, and this will be especially true of an ill or aging cat. Stress can weaken your cat’s immune system and make him more susceptible to disease, so keep changes to a minimum. If you must travel, have a reliable friend, relative or responsible pet sitter come to your home to care for your aging cat in his own environment.

Occasionally, the personality of cats changes as they age. Although it is uncommon, your cat may suffer from memory loss or dementia. He may appear forgetful, pace, or wander from room to room as if he is disoriented. If your geriatric cat appears to want more attention, give it to him. If he wants to spend more time alone, allow him to. Old age is not an illness, but your cat’s old age will require special consideration from you to make it enjoyable.

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