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Behavior Issues For Older Cats

With reference to to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest cat survived to be in its 30’s, but most cats, even ones with protective owners, don’t even make it past 20 years. It may be a shock to realize that the cat who was a kitten when the owner’s human child was a baby is now an old cat as the human baby has not even reached maturity. But understanding older cat behavior, as well as appreciation and nurturing, can ease your old dear’s transition into their golden years and their final cat run.

Cats retain their feline behavior and attitudes into old age, though they do have lower activity levels. Their movements become less graceful and their coat may not appear as healthy. They might slumber more and more in their favorite chair or in their bed. Other than this, older cat behavior is not that different from younger cat behavior.

More mature cats still purr with contentment, knead the laps of their guardians and behave like kitties when they’re pampered. They will still play with their toys, but without as much spunk as they did when they were youthful. They might even catch a bug or a moth occasionally. It’s important for more mature cats to get their work out to keep their joints from becoming too stiff and their muscles from becoming weak. The older cat may keep its hunting instincts, but will have diminished faculties and speed. So older cats who are allowed to roam are more susceptible to attacks by hawks, coyotes or even dogs.

The guardian needs to pay close attention to an elderly cat’s teeth and gums, and if the cat permits it the guardian might brush their teeth as needed. If the cat doesn’t want this, the guardian might give it a portion of meat occasionally, to help take the place of brushing. If the teeth have to be taken out, the cat can still get down soft food. Adding fiber to the meal also helps to keep cats’ bowels functioning normally. By the way, sometimes an old cat might miss the litter box. It’s important that the litter box be cleaned and the litter exchanged fairly regularly. More mature cats can object to a box that’s dirty.

Other signs to watch out for in a senior cat are:

Loss of appetite
This may be because their mouths are hurting because of periodontal disease, or loose teeth.

Increased thirst
This could be a sign of kidney or liver difficulties, or even diabetes.

Stool that’s too hard or too soft
This might be a sign of a difficulty with the GI track.

Incontinence
This can be because the bladder is paralyzed, or that the more senior cat has a case of cystitis. Cystitis can be treated fairly easily, however.

Lumps and Bumps
These may be harmless, but the owner ought to observe them. If they change in shape or increase in size they could be tumors.

Many elderly cats also begin to lose kidney function, a result of their high protein diet. The weaker kidneys cause the cat lose weight. Sometimes the diet can be improved, but there will come the day when the guardian will have to discuss with the veterinarian what to do about a cat who’s clearly fading.

When the time arrives to say goodbye, the cat owner who has been good, loving and responsible will be sad, but will know they’ve done all they could to give their old cat a good, long and satisfying life.


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This post was written by TKB_Editor on September 18, 2015

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Cat and Dog Health Care – Common Misconceptions

Many pet owners will admit to overreacting about certain cat health care or dog health care beliefs, and it is now time that people learnt the truth about some of the things pet owners have been led to believe over the years. Naturally, pet owners want the best for their pets, but a series of bad decisions or incorrect knowledge could bode badly.

Misconception 1: Neutering my cat or dog is bad for its health

People actually get very confused about neutering and spaying and some believe it has pet health implications. People worry that it will make the dog fat and de-motivated. Don’t misconstrue laziness for loyalty though, as dogs and cats tend to prefer to stay close to you when they have been neutered.

There is some research being conducted to determine if neutering can shorten an animal’s lifespan, but there is no sufficient evidence at present to suggest this is correct.

Misconception 2: Hitting a dog makes it behave properly

Trust us that this isn’t true. It is fair to say that many dogs aren’t aware of being naughty and if they don’t get told about it, they will continue to do it. The best way to tell your dog it has done something wrong is to make sure it gets pointed out.

If you don’t do this, how can it ever learn? If you get hysterical then the dog might just think you are happy and not associate it with actually being bad. Don’t hit your dog though, as this is very bad pet ownership. In fact, no dog health care routine should involve hitting the pet.

Cat health care routines shouldn’t involve hitting or smacking either.

Lets bear in mind that there are many things you can end up believing about dogs and cats, but be sure to check out the truth before putting any dog health care or cat health care practices into motion. Trust in your vet to steer you in the right direction so you don’t end up believing any more misconceptions.

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Top 10 Reasons to spay or neuter your pet.

Top 10 Reasons to spay or neuter your pet…http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter/spay-neuter-top-ten.aspx

Whether you’ve recently adopted a pet or you’re considering it, one of the most important health decisions you’ll make is to spay or neuter your cat or dog. Spaying—removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet—is a veterinary procedure that requires minimal hospitalization and offers lifelong health benefits. Neutering—removing the testicles of your male dog or cat—will vastly improve your pet’s behavior and keep him close to home.

Many states and counties have established low-cost spay/neuter programs that make surgery easily affordable and accessible. To find a low-cost program near you, search our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Provider Database. If you’re in New York City, the ASPCA mobile spay/neuter clinic offers free or low-cost spay/neuter surgery for financially needy dog and cat owners with proof of public assistance. Please contact our hotline at (877) SPAY-NYC for a listing of dates and locations in all five boroughs.

Not convinced yet? Check out our handy—and persuasive—list of the top 10 reasons to spay or neuter your pet!

1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.

Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

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