|Troubles of Old Age|
Teeth: Teeth can be a common cause of discomfort and loss of appetite. If your Veterinary Surgeon advises extractions you will find, as a rule, that it produces a great improvement in general well-being. Hard healthy gums are of much more use for eating than bad teeth.
Nails: As the joints become stiffer, cats may be unable to sharpen their own claws and may have difficulty in retracting them when they become caught in cloth. Regular trimming of the overgrown tips of the nails will help minimise this problem.
Constipation: Some elderly cats suffer from a severe type of constipation, largely as a result of loss of muscle tone in the bowel, although it may also be due to the lack of proper exercise, or to swallowing large quantities of hair in the moulting season. Including liver in the diet (cooked) once or twice weekly will usually have the natural laxative effect.
If these first-aid measures prove ineffective it is best to consult your Veterinary Surgeon for further advice.
Incontinence: Unfortunately, some elderly cats may lose control of their bladder and bowels, however much you love your pet this can make life very difficult. It is, of course, useless and unkind to blame the animals - this is something they cannot help. Consult your Veterinary Surgeon who will tell you if any medical help can be given, or if you can expect any improvement in the condition.