The age old tale of a Dogs age is simply the number of years old they are and times that by seven to get their human equivalent. While that is not necessarily true (varies by breed and size) it definitely does not go that way for our feline friends.
According to the Indoor Cat Guide the ages of our little sleepy friends goes like this:
- Kitten – Ages 0 to 6 months. Equal to 0 to 10 Human years.
- Junior – Ages 7 months to 2 years. Equal to 12 to 24 Human years.
- Prime – Ages 3 to 6 years. Equal to 28 to 40 Human years.
- Mature – Ages 7 to 10 years. Equal to 44 to 56 Human years.
- Senior – Ages 11 to 14 years. Equal to 60 to 72 Human years.
- Geriatric – Ages 15 + – Equal to 76 and can go up to 116 Human years.
So with that information, it begs the question. Other than age, how do you know your furry friend is in fact beginning to act their age?
I don’t know about you, but our Chief Mischief Officer Miss Kitty is going to be 14 years old this October and she still acts as if she is 3 or 4. (we know, she is a black cat and born in October…..You wonder why enjoy Halloween so much!) Yes admittedly she seems to lay around more than in previous years, but she still can get around like her younger self and has energy bursts that are up there with the best of them.
If you have a Cat that is in the Mature to Senior age, but acts like their younger selves, that is incredible and great for you!
Now here are some things to keep an eye out for as they continue to age and begin to show signs of slowing down and actually getting older.
Slowing down is simply a part of life and you cannot deny it. However when it comes to a sudden slowdown in mobility and your cat appears to be laying around more than normal and just simply not getting around as efficiently, it could be something else.
Roughly 90% of cats in their senior years show signs of having osteoarthritis or struggling with joint problems. Your cat won’t tell you they are in pain, and as cats tend to be in a defensive mode, they will try and hide this as much as possible.
Some signs to look out for are decreased mobility, not jumping as high as they used to, climbing onto areas they normally jump onto or reluctant to go up and down stairs.
Keep an eye out for this as it is VERY common in senior cats. We would recommend speaking with your Vet regarding this and get their opinion. Should you be comfortable with trying a joint health supplement, check out our Joint Health for Cats. This is an all natural liquid solution that is made entirely in the US, Third Party Tested for Quality and Effectiveness and being an organic beef flavor, it is rather easy to add to their diet.
Your senior cat may be appearing thinner than they used to, and it most likely is because they are. As they age it could be simply that they are not eating as much as they are not as active as they used to be. However if you notice a fast and sudden weight loss, call your Veterinarian and get them in to have a more in depth look at your little friend.
Increased Vocalization and Appearing Disoriented
If your cat is being more vocal at night than they used to be, or appearing disoriented or confused, it could be a cognitive dysfunction and this is similar to dementia for Humans. You would most likely see this in your cats Geriatric years, but still it is something to be on the lookout for and pay attention to.
Frequent Urination or House Accidents
If you are noticing your cat is beginning to urinate more outside of their litter box, it could be due to them ageing. Increased urination is common in older cats who have kidney disease, UTI’s and other issues.
If you notice this is an issue, please note that your cat may just be getting older and is not able to make it to the litter box every time. Try to find a solution that works for not just you, but your cat as well.
Change in Appetite
Any changes in appetite could mean that your cat is getting older. An increase in hunger together with weight loss is a common symptom of hyperthyroidism or cancer. In an overweight cat, these symptoms would be concerning for diabetes.
A decrease in appetite is commonly seen in chronic kidney disease. Decreased food intake may also be present in cats with dental disease or cancer. Appetite changes should always be taken seriously and are cause for a visit to your veterinary clinic.
How to care for your cat as they age
The best thing you can do for your furry friend as they age is to keep a closer eye on them than you used to do and watch out for health symptoms that are showing they are in fact beginning to act their age.
Make sure to stay up to date on Veterinarian visits and work with them on recommendations for diets, medications, supplementation, exercise, etc.
Simple modifications around the home could help your cat as well as they begin to age and can make life a lot easier for them. Changing the litter box to a senior friendly box, carrying them up or down the stairs if need be, and playing more with them to keep their brain stimulated and sharp can be simple ways to help them out.
As always, if you have any questions on supplements for your cat, send us a message and we are happy to help you out. We offer an incredible line of products for both cats and dogs alike and they are sure to help them out when/if needed.
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