Cats are animals that are so nimble, athletic and sleek in their younger days, it’s hard to see their abilities fade as they grow older.  If you have a cat that has aged a bit, then it’s easy to see the signs of Mother Nature catching up to it.

Therefore, just like an older vehicle, you must understand that caring for a cat that is older requires much more attention than the ones that are young and lively.  Most people can tell by certain signs but veterinarians consider cats “seniors" normally at or around 10 years old. This doesn't have to be the exact age, but it's typically a roundabout figure that is used to gauge as a milestone.  Much like the milestone of 100,000 miles for a used automobile.

When your cat is older, there must be regular care taken to prevent any problems that may pop up.  Visits to the veterinarian for routine checkups must be performed to stay on top of potentially dangerous conditions.

For example, older cats are prone to have dental or gum problems, therefore you need to make sure that your care consistently checks for these issues.   If you notice that your cat is not eating food as regularly as normal, it can be caused because of pain in that area.

You might have noticed that your cat has become overweight.  Typically as cats become less active, their body mass grows.

So keep in mind that you may want to start looking for "senior" cat foods that are better at working through their older digestive tracks and cuts down on calories.   The same way that you need to put better oil in your older car for better engine performance.

When a cat is getting older, there may be changes in their behavior.   Sometimes your friendly feline gets more aggressive as time goes by.  They may not move as much as they used to, this may be caused by pain in the joints from arthritis.  You can typically find out from your vet what are the best treatments in dealing with these symptoms.

Signs of aging or failing health in cats can also be found in the litter tray.  If your dependable cat has missed the litter tray, it can be because the tray might be perched too high up and away and it can't reach it or it can be other less obvious and more serious reasons.  So make sure that you make the tray more available to them by clearing space between them and the tray. If it persists, then take it to a professional that can diagnose symptoms early as possible.

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