How old do cats get?
Nowadays, it’s no longer all that rare for cats to reach ages of 20 and over. Thanks to scientific advancements, vets can help cats better, while new insights allow pet food manufacturers to produce healthier cat food. About 20 years ago, cats were considered “senior” at the age of 7. Most cat experts now consider a cat old only at the age of 14 or 15.
A comfy bed for a happy life
Cats spend up to 15 hours of each day napping, and this only increases as they get older. Since your feline friend will be spending quite some time asleep, make sure that they have various comfortable sleeping spots that are easy to reach.
Senior cat, snuggle cat
Cats often get more affectionate as they grow older: they start to follow you around, cry for you when they can’t find or reach you, and crawl onto your lap the minute you sit down. Your presence is a great comfort for your cat: it reduces stress levels and gives your feline a sense of security. Senior cats lose much of their ability to adapt to change, especially if they never had to cope with big changes (e.g., moving, accepting a new family member) during their lifetime. So, try to consider how your feline will deal with things before you decide to make any radical changes to their environment.
Keeping a senior cat indoors, or not?
Older cats that have free access to the outdoors suddenly might prefer to stay inside. After all, cats are very aware of when they’re not at their peak anymore: they might struggle with hunting or confronting other cats. You might want to think about limiting their outdoor access or supervising their trips to the garden or neighborhood. If your cat has always had the ability to go outside, don’t suddenly take away their access to the great outdoors, as this could cause your senior cat a lot of stress.
Deaf and blind senior cats
Senior cats often experience hearing and/or vision loss. Take this into account when approaching your kitty so you don’t startle them. Completely or partially blind cats, for example, will appreciate you talking to them when you’re nearby. Kitties that have gone deaf, on the other hand, will appreciate being able to see you before you touch them. Make sure to provide your deaf feline with an easily accessible high and clear napping spot from which they can overlook their home. Also, don’t forget that cats with these disabilities can still live happy and comfortable lives, and all you need to do is make a few adjustments. Your cat will most definitely return the favor by showing you their love.