Comfort and Care for the Aging Cat

Today's cats can live well into their teens with proper care from their owners.

By Debra M. Eldredge

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Dental problems and some tooth loss is common for senior cats. Starting a kitten on regular dental care will help prevent some of this. Take your senior cat in for a veterinary dental cleaning, followed by more regular care. If your cat experiences tender teeth and gums, feed it room-temperature or slightly warmed food. Remember that cats can get oral cancer, too. Be vigilant to any changes in eating or chewing behavior, and follow up immediately with your veterinarian.

 Age eventually catches up with us all, and you are your cats best health advocate. If you detect changes in your cats behavior, eating or elimination, take it to the vet for a checkup. Your careful attention and lifestyle modifications, along with your veterinarians sound advice, make a great health-care team for your aging cat.

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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

10/16/2012 2:51:31 AM

good article, thank you

CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

9/24/2012 12:18:54 PM

Jane -- Yes, annual cat vet visits benefit seniors, despite the stress they might cause: LINK

Jane    Kapaa, HI

9/21/2012 8:19:49 PM

Good article.

I am concerned whether I should take my 16 yr old cat to the vet for an annual check up. Is the stress good for him?

lou    boston, MA

7/5/2012 8:32:02 AM

a good reminder

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