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  1. 1. ==== ====Check out some of the best cat health and pampering info, including homemade recipes, here: ====How quickly time passes by! If your kitty is over 10 years old he is considered old! You may beaware of this fact but what you may not know is how to care for your aging kitty. What are the bestways to keep your older cat healthy and happy as well as active during their later years? Somequestions might arise such as, should I change the food I have been using? You might wonderhow to keep your cat healthy through exercise? What about medical care?When a cat ages, its body goes through much the same types of changes that we see in humans.Cat care becomes very important at this time. For example, there is a natural decrease in musclemass, along with a coinciding increase of body fat. If you are not careful and take early actionthese changes can lead to an overweight kitty! Because the energy needs of the typical cat beginsto slow around the ages of 7 to 9, changes in food intake and exercise must be made to preventthe cat from become unhealthy. Nutrition is a very critical aspect of cat health and cat care.Strolling down the cat isle at the pet store will present a vast array of cat foods for every kind ofsituation. The elderly cat is not left out. It is very important that you choose a food designed foryour cats age. Food for older cats will contain less calories and protein and more of the vitaminsand minerals an older cat needs. A quick call to your vet can help you decide if you are not surewhich one to pick.Sometimes you may not be sure if your kitty is officially a Sr yet. There are some signs that youwill want to keep an eye on. When a couple of these traits begin to be apparent you know its timeto make some changes. Is your cat moving slower than the past, does he sleep more than yearspast, is your cat unable to jump up on things that use to be easy for him? These can all be signs ofan aging cat. You may want to consider things that can make life a little easier for him at this timeof his life. Pet steps can help a cat get up on a bed that is too high to jump on now. A comfortable,plush cat tree with a cat house can make for restful naps and a place to hide out in.Arthritis in older cats is a big issue because as cats age the absorption rate of calcium into theirbones becomes inadequate. A general rule of cat care is that arthritis becomes an issue for cats atabout the age of 12, even earlier if the cat happens to be obese. If your veterinarian diagnosisyour cat with the painful illness of arthritis, there are some steps that can be taken to minimize itseffect on the cat. For example, this can often be treated with a combination of weight loss andmedication. Sometimes its just a fact of growing old and the only thing we can do is make things alittle easier for our old friend.As your cats age progresses, cat care becomes even more crucial. When a cat becomes very old,it can suffer loss of sight and hearing, just like humans. And, just as with older humans, cat carebecomes a little harder at this age. Care needs to be taken to make sure the cat is as comfortableas possible. The teeth of you cat can present cat care challenges as he gets older. As with all ofus, the older we get the more dental problems we have. Be sure you are doing all you can to keep
  2. 2. your cats teeth healthy. See our cat care article on cat teeth. One good way to help a cat keephealthy teeth is by feeding him hard cat food most of the time.How old is your kitty compared to human years?1 year = 20 years2 years = 24 years3 years = 28 years4 years = 32 years5 years = 36 years6 years = 44 years7 years = 48 years8 years = 52 years9 years = 56 yearsGet more information on cat care and cat health at Find out about cat fleacontrol, what to do about cat hair balls and how to give you cat good nutritional cat food.Article Source: ====Check out some of the best cat health and pampering info, including homemade recipes, here: ====