Senior felines are more prone to certain cat problems.
They may also present behavioral changes. Dealing with an older cat is
more difficult, but you need to take time and patience to ensure his
Arthritis is more frequent in elderly cats, and is the inflammation of
joints. The cat will be in a lot of pain, will have difficulty jumping
and even walking due to stiff joints. The cat may also present
irritability and even aggressiveness.
Senior cats, especially neutered felines are prone to obesity. Neutering
alone does not cause obesity but is a contributor factor. Older cats
and neutered cats eat more and are less active and this results in
To prevent obesity, reduce your cat's food portions and make sure he works out on a daily basis.
Older cats tend to defecate and urinate in other places, different from
the litter box. This behavior may point to a medical condition (such as
lower urinary tract infection), so take your cat to a vet.
Elderly cats may also urinate more frequently. Some possible medical conditions for this are:
Senior cats may suffer from loss of vision. Cats with diabetes may be
more exposed to this condition. The loss of vision may also cause the
cat to urinate and defecate in inappropriate places. You may add some
litter boxes in your house, so that the cat uses these instead of the
furniture or walls.
Older cats are not as able as young cats to deal with stress.
Environmental changes, changes in routine or any small alteration will
cause great stress for a senior cat. A stressed cat may need stress