Elderly cat: he becomes so quickly or not, by his will or, probably, not at all. It is a question of genetics and race, in part, but also the environmental conditions and nutritional, lifestyle, emotional state, pathologies and trauma.
A few examples: a cat online lives more than one obese cat, one who lives outside "lasts" longer than an indoor cat, rural animals have a longer life expectancy than urban ones, those that are neutered even with respect to their friends do not sterilized. And then, we'll see, even how you eat tells a little about how you want to age. It is an old and famous truth that also affects us human beings, the elderly cat it is not exempt, at all.
When a cat is elderly
From the age of 10 today a elderly cat it can be "labeled" like this without taking offense, even if life expectancy and real average life continue to move beyond that. In fact, it is not very strange to see cats that reach 15 if not 20 years.
Living conditions are improving, and there is also good medical and veterinary progress and this can only lead to a longer life for the elderly cat. So a long old age. Better then to learn how to manage a elderly cat, to understand it, to make him feel at ease despite losing strokes physically or cognitively.
One of the first actions for ours elderly cat it could certainly be minimizing sources of stress and disturbance. I mean the daily ones because it is day by day, hour by hour, that a elderly cat leads having his battle for grow old happy.
Too much stress it can cause damage to tissues and organs such as the heart and especially to the brain, and it is not at all certain that a elderly cat be better, more protected, at home. Sometimes he is more stressed. Perhaps for inadequate environments, insufficient food in quality and quantity, a poor or exaggerated ambient temperature, not natural.
Elderly cat: pathologies
It is rare that the elderly cat is struck by one and only one unpleasant disease, usually it is one multi-organ syndrome the one that catches it with the passing of the years, with various levels of dysfunction and various systems involved.
Let's see, ranging, what kind of pathologies can be encountered aging from elderly cat. There may be alterations of the integumental system such as loss of skin elasticity, hair thinning or neoplasms, or problems with the digestive system including gingivitis, tooth wear and reduced intestinal motility.
Me too'cardiovascular system and the respiratory system may have frequent malfunctions in a elderly cat, as well as the urinary system, with episodes of incontinence and unfortunately cases of bladder cancer. Pathologies of the prostate, mammary tumors, hypothyroidism and diabetes mellitus are some pathologies linked to an endocrine and genital system of a elderly cat who feels the years go by and who can also become half blind, more nervous and less athletic.
Elderly cat: how to treat it
Old age in itself is not a disease but certainly a symptom is theintolerance to confusion and change. If we have a elderly cat, therefore, it is better to reserve a safe and exclusive place for him where he can take refuge without intrusions by animals, children, strangers.
A elderly cat he usually spends a lot of time sleeping and usually seeks physical contact all the time, he does not live our prolonged absences peacefully. But the opposite can also happen, it depends from cat to cat, from elderly cat to elderly cat.
L'incontinence is one of the problems from elderly cat often caused by urinary infections, stones, colitis, diabetes or thyroid problems. Indirectly, however, a cause can also be arthritis or movement difficulties that prevent the cat from reaching litter, to be placed in the most accessible place possible. There is also incontinence due to stress: you need to contact a behavioral veterinarian.
When the elderly cat feels pain, has too many ailments or physical phases, even if meek for a life it can show aggression. The awareness of missing strokes, seeing less, jumping less can also cause an increase in stress that leads to aggressive attitudes. elderly cat even if it never was. In this case it may happen that the vet decides for behavioral therapy supported by a drug treatment.
Elderly cat: disorders
One of the effects of becoming a elderly cat, and it is also very human in effect, it is the "nocturnal hyperactivity ". Yes, at night you do not sleep and then laze or lazy during the day, in flashes. This is linked to states of pain that make it difficult to sleep for many continuous hours, but also to the decrease in visual or hearing abilities, the need for eat more often and those forms of indefinite anxiety of which the elderly cat can become prey.
Another of the ailments of the elderly cat it's frequent vocalizations. This is a disorder in the true sense of the word and also for us, not just for him, because they often happen during the night. I am following the pain felt by elderly cat, have nothing to do with sweetheart meows, they can happen even if ours elderly cat he is losing perceptive abilities or is stressed.
In the case of cognitive dysfunction, it is necessary to consult a specialist. Always cognitive dysfunction in the elderly cat it can be the root cause of a number of behaviors and states of disorientation that we notice in sudden "oddities" during the day: the elderly cat moves around the house as in an unknown place, loses the correct eliminatory habits and the activity of personal cleaning.
With a elderly cat alongside it is recommended to spend a lot of time, interacting with him, pampering him a lot but also making him play. The stay active and stimulated both from a physical and cognitive point of view it will help him to regulate the sleep-wake cycle and to maintain lucidity or the desire to scurry around the house without getting lost.
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