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The Online Cat Training Center: Dealing with Aging Cats

June 18, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Pets

Article by Burt Lang

Cats require a lot more attention and care from their owners when they are aging. Even though cats usually lead happy, run of the mill lives, there is an increase in discomfort and disease when they grow older. You should look out for the following diseases and conditions which elderly cats are prone to, and there are also a few tips to help you take care of your cat in order to enable it to have a happy old age:Cats show signs of deterioration as they grow older, just as humans and dogs do. The most common symptom of this degeneration is the loss of their litter box training. Some old cats get conditions such as hyperthyroidism, diabetes, or a decrease in kidney function. Cats with improper health can show signs of irregular elimination and urination processes. You may frequently find your cat relieving itself outside the litter box. You should buy many litter boxes and keep them in many places in the house if this becomes a common practice. This might help your cat to relieve itself within the litter box as the boxes will be more accessible. :• Arthritis is a condition which often ails elderly cats. This is a condition which involves inflammation of the joints. Swollen and tender joints, lameness, limping, and stiffness of the joints are symptoms of arthritis and this occurs frequently when your cat gets up after having lain down for some time, or when it is rainy or cold outside. You can make your cat feel more comfortable by putting their litter boxes and dishes of food and water in places which are easily accessible. You should do all you can to make their feel at ease. If their litter box is upstairs and food and water dishes are downstairs, a cat with arthritis will not find it easy to get to both of them. :• Dental disease and poor dental health is a common health problem for elderly cats. Sensitive gums, gingivitis, and tartar are frequently seen in aged felines. The tartar builds up or the dental disease can spread in cats enough to reach the heart and kidneys which leads to very serious problems. You should clean your cat’s teeth on a regular basis and feed your cat dry cat food as this helps to clean their teeth regularly. Start early so that you can prevent the onslaught of any dental disease. :• Elderly cats also lose interest in simple grooming practices due to dental disease or arthritis or some other reason. You will need to give your cat a weekly bath and brush its coat gently. Cats feel more comfortable when they are well-groomed and clean. Remember to keep your cat’s claws trimmed at all times as its nails get more brittle as it ages. :Cats require more care and attention in their old age just as humans do. If you have an understanding of the basic diseases which affect cats, then you can help them to be more comfortable and age happily.

About the Author

Burt Lang is a loving and caring cat owner. He welcomes you wholeheartedly to his Cat Training and Resource site at http://catlovers.do-tip.com. Are you doing everything you can to give your cat a fulfilling life? Get your valuable free minicourse at http://catlovers.do-tip.com/cat-chat-how-cats-communicate.html

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