|Caring for the Elderly Cat|
With better feeding and medical care the family cat is becoming very long lived. Ages of sixteen and seventeen are by no means uncommon and with very little extra care and attention old age can be a very pleasant and contented time.
Feeding: Proprietary canned cat foods may still be given and they are particularly suitable for those elderly cats who have lost some or all their teeth. However, elderly appetites can be capricious and the time for indulgence has arrived, so it may be advisable to try fresh foods such as rabbit, fish or mince from time to time to maintain a high protein level and add interest to the diet.
Diets: In cases where specific illness has been diagnosed (such as kidney disease), your own Veterinary Surgeon will advise you as to the foods which are most suitable for your pet, and may even supply you with a specifically prepared prescription diet.
Warmth: Adequate rest and warm surroundings are of great importance in the case of the elderly cat. In winter particularly, old cats may seem to sleep for almost all of the 24 hours, if they can find a cosy place in an airy cupboard or near a radiator, and in the summer they select the sunniest spots in the garden for dozing. However, in spite of this they will suddenly surprise you by playing like a kitten with a toy or a piece of string.