Senior Cat Care


While cats arenít going to need Botox or face-lifts as they grow older, they will need you to keep caring for them the way you have been — with love and devotion. Caring for a senior cat is really no more difficult than caring for a kitten or an adult cat. But there are a few things you should watch for.

Avoid Mr. Magoo-itis

Like people, a catís eyesight worsens as it gets older. Make sure your vet examines the catís eyes on the next regular checkup. If your cat should become blind or its eyesight diminish, a familiar routine will be very important. Keep things clean and in their normal spot, and make sure the catís water, food bowls and litter are all in the same place.

Also check out:†Why Cats Howl When They Get Older.

Did Someone Say Supplements?

Have your catís bone density checked. If your cat is losing density, it may need to be given calcium supplements. Also, you can keep an eye on your cat and make sure it doesnít need to jump up on furniture to get to things. If the cat likes to sit in a window, on a chair, or sleep on your bed, perhaps you could try those doggy stairs. Just name them kitty stairs. They won’t know the difference, and it’ll make them feel younger.

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No Dentures, Please

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.

Watch the Ol’ Ticker

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.

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Chrissie R
Chrissie Rabout a year ago

Please don't try to play veterinarian yourself, especially when it comes to diet, supplements, oral and overall health care.
All cats should have at the very least an annual examination, better yet every 6 months for those 8 years and over.

S J.
S J4 years ago

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!

Pat P.
Pat P5 years ago

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.

Marion Friedl
Marion Friedl5 years ago

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!

Melania Padilla
Melania P5 years ago


Ann Breeden
Ann Breeden5 years ago

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.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

thank you

Edith B.
Edith B6 years ago

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

Diane L.
Diane L6 years ago

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

Nancy P.
Nancy P6 years ago

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.