Many cats are now living to their late teens and into their twenties thanks to advances in diet and healthcare. Carers can help this transition by understanding what is 'normal' in an ageing cat. This 40 minute lecture will cover topics including:
- When a cat should be considered to be 'old'
- How old is my cat in human years?
- What changes are expected as my cat grows older?
- Tips for general care including:
- Checking the nails for problems, nail trimming
- Grooming advice
- Litter box advice
- Diet and feeding advice
- Tips for encouraging your older cat to eat and drink more, where needed
- Tips for management of osteoarthritis, one of the most common older cat conditions
- Health checks in the older cat: what is recommended?
- How to collect a urine sample from a cat at home and why this is important
- How to assess bodyweight and weight changes in your cat
Course material supplied includes:
- Access to a 40 minute pre-recorded lecture
- Course notes (available for downloading and printing via the pre-recorded lecture)
- Course notes: 'Maintaining health in older cats'
- PDF file of the lecture slides 'Maintaining health in the older cat'