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Looking after an elderly cat

You will care for a cat right from the moment that they were born as a tiny kitten, whereas others will adopt an older cat that was not cared for properly by their previous owners. However, even after all of the experience that you would have gained through caring for your cat, you can be surprised how different looking after an elderly cat can be. There will be several changes in your cat’s behaviour, and you will need to ensure that you are prepared to care for your gorgeous cat as he or she gets older.

Your cat’s toilet behaviour could drastically alter. Your cat could find itself finding it more and more difficult to reach your kitty litter tray on time, and you may notice that your cat starts to spray more often as it struggles to control its bladder. The important thing here is to make sure that you do not become angry with your cat. After all, it is not doing it on purpose! You may have to increase the number of litter trays around your house.

You may also find that your cat becomes more withdrawn and aggressive as it gets older. This is because older cats cannot control their stress levels as well as younger cats, and so you should see this as more of a puberty stage! Your patience will have be very great when your cat becomes very anti-social, and you may have to tempt him or her back into your house if your cat decide to be uncooperative.

Lastly, your cat’s appetite will almost certainly decrease as they get older. You should not try to force your cat to eat if he or she does not want to – instead, make the food available to your cat, and just be happy that they are still around, making your life just that little bit more wonderful.

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