Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Cat Retirement

In general, a well-cared for house cat usually lives to be at least 15 years old. Some cats live to be well over 30.

Like humans, cats are no different when they get older. A 60 years old man may be as normal as when he was at 30, but another may act like a young adult while another may be dying.

However, there are things you can do to allow your cat with the chance for the longest life possible. Get your cat neutered. Statistics show that neutered cats live longer. They are calmer, stay closer to home and less exposed to dangerous situations and disease. Good diet is also important. Make sure that you are buying cat food that is appropriate for your cat’s age.

As you cat gets older, certain medical conditions may cause you to make special considerations for your cat. These include reduced sensory perception, slow reaction, decreased tolerance to extreme temperatures, easily infected, arthritis and joint stiffness, liver and kidney problems, digestion problems, weaker bones, cancer, muscle weakness, memory loss, high blood pressure, and irritability. I told you already, right? They are no different to humans :)

Along with a good diet, promote healthy amounts to exercise in your cat. Youger cat will ask you to play with him, if he doesn't do this anymore then you may have to start it. Take your cat outside and play with him everyday. Get new toys. Old cats may spend a lot of the day sleeping, which is fine. So don't worry. However, if you are overly concerned, talk to your vet.

Do take your cats for regular checkups and groom him regurlarly. Give him the massage that he loves so much.

Take good care of him and I am sure that you pet will be a part of your life for a very long time.

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