We all know that we hate to admit that our furry friends are ageing quickly, but it’s important to care for our senior pets and make their golden years the best we can. There are many signs of ageing that are often overlooked in both cats and dogs. Some signs of ageing are:
- Coat texture and colour might change; we usually notice our ol’ pal turning gray.
- In cats, their coat will become more brittle and less resistant to water.
- They may have less energy or have trouble getting around.
- Their eating and drinking habits may change or decrease.
- They may have some dental problems which might present itself as bad breath.
- Frequent naps (but who doesn’t love a good nap?).
- Weight change, some seniors may lose weight while some may gain.
- Their hearing, vision and other senses might start to decline.
- Bowel and bladder function may start to decline. Some may become incontinent while some elderly cats can suffer from constipation.
There are many things we can do to ease our pets into old age; feeding them a high-quality senior diet, keeping them active, safe, and bringing them to see your veterinarian regularly is important to maintain a healthy and happy senior friend.
Written by: Karie Boudreau, VA