Time to Move Your Cat Indoors
If your cat has been an indoor/outdoor cat in the past, this is the time to make that indoor transition. A cat with declining senses and limited mobility is at a higher risk of being on the wrong end of a fight with another animal. She is also more vulnerable to injuries caused by accidents as well as being susceptible to disease and parasites. If there is any cognitive decline, your indoor/outdoor cat may get confused and no longer be able to find her way back home. In colder months, being outdoors can aggravate pain from arthritis.
Be Tolerant and Compassionate with Your Older Cat
Age isn’t easy for anyone – human, cat or dog. As your cat ages she may develop poor aim when in the litter box, she may become less tolerant of things she used to accept willingly, she may not have the best table manners when eating, she may not groom herself to perfection and she may not want to give up her side of the bed in order to make room for you. Be careful when picking up your cat as she might experience pain from arthritis or stiff joints. If she has experienced a decline is senses, be aware of not startling her if vision or hearing aren’t what they used to be. Help her with the things you can and be tolerant of the things you can’t change. With your help, your cat can have a wonderful and comfortable life as a senior citizen.
For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to the articles on our website and the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you have a question about your cat’s behavior or health, contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a medical diagnosis nor is it a replacement for your cat’s regular veterinary care. This article is for general information purposes only.