Declawing is an inhumane way to prevent cats from scratching. If you didn’t know that before you read this, I hope you take that away from this article. When a cat is declawed, it’s not like the nail itself is simply removed – it’s not like when you have a chronic ingrown toenail removed and
A question I hear a lot is what the best thing to feed senior cats is. I’ve heard a lot of people ask whether kitten food, such as Wellness Complete Health Kitten food or Royal Canin Kitten food, are safe and nutritious enough to feed older cats. This answer really depends on your cat. There
Kidney disease is a common ailment in cats as they age. When a cat’s kidneys are healthy, they work to manage blood pressure, stimulate the bone marrow to make more red blood cells, make hormones, and remove waste from the blood. As a cat ages though, the kidneys can become damaged, and all these processes
My 7 year old cat, Dobby, was diagnosed with what I was told was type 1 diabetes when she was just a year old. My vet told me that she was the youngest cat he’d ever diagnosed, and he didn’t expect her to ever be off insulin. If you’ve ever owned a diabetic cat, you
Just like humans, hearing loss is a common problem that aging cats face. Just like you find you might need to turn up the TV a few notches every couple of years, as your cat ages you might find that you need to call her name a little louder or she might not react to
Losing a family member or pet is hard for everyone, including your cats. As your cats age, they’ll likely experience some kind of loss, whether a human or animal friend dies, or if you go through a divorce and your spouse moves out. Whether human or 4-legged, these losses can hit your cat hard, and
Cats have a lot of ways of communicating with humans and each other. Hissing, meowing, purring and variations of those sounds are sounds we recognize from kittenhood to old age. Some cats even have their own unique sounds. My cat Dobby makes a weird hiss when she gets overly excited while playing. Howling is often
Stiff, achy joints are a fairly common problem for all animals as they age. But what’s normal achiness and what’s a sign of a bigger problem? Arthritis in older cats is a common problem. What’s more difficult, a lot of time during the early stages of arthritis your cat won’t seem like they’re in pain.
Every cat has a unique personality – your cat might be sweet and cuddly, or it could be sassy with a big attitude. As your cat gets older though, you might notice little personality changes. Some of these are natural signs of aging, others might be the sign of a problem. Here are 7 normal
A lot of people think an elderly cat losing weight is just part of the aging process. This isn’t always the case, however. Senior cats who suddenly lose a great deal of weight can be a sign of an underlying health problem. In other cases, it can be environmental, or due to stress or depression.