The Characteristics Of Old Cats

characteristics of old cats

In either case, it is still better to take it to a vet and seek his or her advice on how best to handle the situation. There are some common characteristics of old cats that all owners should be familiar with.

Other than seniority you see either good participation in your cat’s daily doings, or alternatively an outward sign that the cat is beginning to mellow, possibly heading for the inwards. An examination, prior to complete, of both eyes, along with an assessment of the surrounding scenery by the unaided eye will certainly confirm whether matriarchal cat is heading for the inwards. A close check, particularly of the surroundings, with the unaided eye, also confirms the signs of aging dressed up in older cats fur. A visit to the vet will moreover confirm the organic process being carried out, namely hair loss.

Infectious Diseases

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Old cats are very prone to getting injured and may contract infectious diseases. A visit to the veterinarian to have a small patch checked for ear mites, lice, or any other infestation is a must. Such a visit can confirm that your home cat is indeed heading for the inner vermin, and if it is, you might well need to exterminate the rodents before they take root. Old cats can also be susceptible to fleas and ticks, as well as worms and bacterial infections. A thorough check will eliminate all potential trouble before any illness strikes.

In a sense, old cats are like humans. They can get obese and out of shape. As a result, they might lose some of their body mass, and therefore, their size. Although they may not become so fat, they may suddenly appear to become more muscular. They can also become more easily fatigued, especially when running on a treadmill for long periods of time.

Protruding Eyelids, Floppy Ears

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The most obvious physical change for an older cat would be the elimination of hair around the head, particularly the eyes. As previously mentioned, their eyesight is usually better than ours. However, as this is not the case, every one of us will need to observe their eyes carefully for changes from their normal condition. The eyes might become smaller or larger in diameter, they might rotate in an unusual way or in other ways.

Additional physical changes can include protruding eyelids, floppy ears, and a general loss of body awareness. A few old cats can even experience episodes of “sore eyes” (in which there is inflammation in the eye area). This is a warning sign that the unit is headed towards retirement, as the body does not have enough experience to withstand the strain of such a situation without falling apart.

Surprisingly Affectionate

Some elderly cats can be surprisingly affectionate. It could be that the pets are simply aging at the rate of their age. Still, the level of activity required by them to remain alert and mobile might be a definite cause for concern.

It’s possible that the pets are headed towards senility but still retain a definite interest in humans. Watch out! Old cats with a definite interest in humans (as opposed to just passing by) could be displaying a significant amount of health-related stress and need help.

Final Words

To sum it up, cats can show a number of very subtle signs of aging. Physical changes are obviously a major consequence of this biological process, but there can be a number of subtle changes that can affect the manner in which an animal passes through its life. The level of activity required to maintain alertness and mobility may possibly be an illustration of another feature. Cats of all ages can be subject to many diseases and medical conditions, so it’s very important to watch out.

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