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A catís teeth are very important for eating and tearing into flesh. If your cat is losing its teeth, and still eating dry food, or on a raw food diet, you may need to switch to canned wet food for easier eating. Ask you vet for tips on teeth brushing and always remember to ask if its time for a teeth cleaning on your next doctor visit.

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While cats of all ages can succumb to heart disease, they are more prone to complications as they get older. Routine health examinations are recommended, because when left unchecked, heart disease can lead to fluid buildup in the lungs, high blood pressure, and other serious health conditions.

Like people, cats will age at different rates. Just make sure you provide your cat with everything it needs to enter its twilight years with a clean bill of health.

Senior Cats: A Few Things to Keep in Mind originally appeared on petMD.com

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5:44PM PST on Jan 2, 2015

thanks for sharing.

i lose many last year including three beloved White, Boonma and Ninja. recently, i hvae been taking great care of Lion who is quite ill. vet here doesn't want to do anything. just heartbearking!

10:38PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Over the last few years, much has been written about longevity of cats. If well taken care of, with lots of play and exercise, the best foods you can afford and regular vet check-ups (I don't leave it all to them, because they make many mistakes, and don't know everything, by any means--so I do my own research of health issues, medicines, supplements and nutrition--which vets know very little about), they can live to be a lot older than originally thought. The oldest on record was 38. So, I don't believe, and others will agree, that 7 is really the beginning of senior years, probably, more like 11. They have changed the formula for estimating age, which I still think is arbitrary and involves guess-work.
Of course, an outdoor cat, indoor-outdoor or indoors, only, will have different issues to deal with. The more we try to understand them and their needs, and what issues can affect them, as well as, the more we do for them, the longer they will live, generally. Just like humans, genes play an important role, but proper care can have a huge and life-sustaining affect.

12:42PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Older kitties have their own special charme, Sisi´s 12, Gizzy 10 and Thori almost 7, and I hope they´ll all reach the age of 20 or more!

2:50PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

Thanks!

2:24PM PST on Nov 8, 2013

Thanks for the tips. I have one that's nine now, after my two boys (17 and 19) passed. He's doing good. One visit a year to the vet's but I will keep all these things in mind.

4:56AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

thank you

9:05PM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

Thanks and keep spreading the word. My Corky lived to be 21 and I miss her still.

12:09AM PDT on May 6, 2013

Nancy P., I'm sorry about your senior kitty with hyperthyroidism. I dealt with that with one of my seniors. She was quite active right up to the very end, still hunted and was very successful, but no matter how much she ate, she was very thin. I gave her free choice kibble, and 2 cans of the best "soft" catfood I could buy (a day) and she still was losing weight. I would have increased that, but she couldn't eat any more! The vet said she was "hyperthyroid" and put her on medication. It didn't help, and he adjusted the dosage twice. Then he called in a prescription to a human pharmacy for a "custom" formulated medication which was a liquid that I put in her ears via a syringe. "Sassafras" lived to be 17 and her demise was trying to take on coyotes, I think. She almost won that battle as well

6:41PM PDT on May 5, 2013

I have three "senior" boys and they get regular check-ups. I have one that was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroid. We caught it very quick before it caused kidney or heart problems. Know your senior cats and know when something isn't quite right with them and promply take them to the vet.

4:28AM PDT on May 3, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

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