The years also pass for the cat, but it is only towards the age of 10 that appear the first signs of old age.
It is around this age that the cat needs more care.
The activity of the cat is indispensable, both for the joints and for the mental vitality.
So do not let him sleep all day on a cushion, but push him to move and play with balls or a mechanical mouse.
No extras, and no excess, especially with old age, because kidney failure and diabetes are on the lookout.
The cat does not need to grow physically, but to maintain a good balance. There are good “senior” foods on the market, which provide balanced meals.
Their protein content is lower than that required by the diet of the young cat and adult cat, so as not to overload the body.
There is more fiber to facilitate intestinal transit, and vitamin supplements and fatty acids have been added to block the free radicals responsible for cellular aging.
Check-up at the vet
Visits to the veterinarian should be more frequent and associated with blood tests to gauge renal, hepatic and pancreatic functions.
We must not neglect the slightest symptom because, from a certain age, this can be the sign of pathologies sometimes well advanced.
The senility of the cat does exist.
In the brain of cats cells identical to those responsible for Alzheimer’s disease in humans have been found.
It is not surprising that the cat sometimes utters plaintive mews for no reason, if it lays down the walls for a long time, if it urinates or defecates a little anywhere.
You must not reprimand him, for he does not do it on purpose and more than ever needs affection, feeling less strong and therefore more dependent on his masters.