"Caring for an Older Cat - Cat Health and Cat Care"

Written by NS Kennedy

Cats are living longer lives thanks to dedicated care from their humans, and advances in veterinary medicine. Most experts consider a cat's "senior years" to begin on her 10th birthday. After this point,repparttar aging process begins to slow in evenrepparttar 139527 most playful feline. Yet, with a little extra attention from her owner, Miss Kitty might enjoy another 5-10 years of life and love.

Just as with humans, cats often loserepparttar 139528 ability to hear as they age. This often goes unnoticed by owners, who might chalk their cat's lack of response to typical feline aloofness. Without keen hearing and vision, however, an older cat is more vulnerable to threats from cars and dogs onrepparttar 139529 street. It is best to keep an older cat indoors. If she lovesrepparttar 139530 fresh air, make sure you supervise her in a protected area.

Evenrepparttar 139531 most easygoing cat can become a finicky eater in her later years. As an older cat's senses of smell and taste begin to diminish, she becomes less interested in her food. Adding moist food and warming her meals will amplifyrepparttar 139532 scent and make it more tantalizing. Moist food will increaserepparttar 139533 amount of water in your cat's diet.

It is important to keep fresh water available for your older cat, and to monitor her drinking habits. Her natural thirst drive can fade with age, causing her to become dangerously dehydrated rather quickly. Take note of about how much water your cat drinks each day. Ifrepparttar 139534 amount suddenly drops, and you know she is not getting water from any other source, contact your veterinarian.

Remember that there have been huge advances in medical care for cats in recent years. Online shopping for cat medication has become popular, but remember that there is no substitute for regular check-ups with your veterinarian.

"How to Teach YOUR Cat to Use a Litter Box - Secrets to Litter Tray Success"

Written by NS Kennedy

Evenrepparttar most dedicated cat lover has little patience with a cat that doesn't use its litter box. Yet, patience isrepparttar 139526 key to creating litter box success. A positive introduction when young, and simple housekeeping on your part will solve most problems.

Most cats instinctively userepparttar 139527 litter box. However if you see your kitten crouching or sniffing in a corner lift her and place her in a litter tray - this is a sign of oncoming urination. If your kitten is not usingrepparttar 139528 litter box you should place her inrepparttar 139529 box every morning.

It is important for your cat to be able to easily accessrepparttar 139530 litter box. If you have a large home, put litter boxes in more than one place. If your house has many levels, make sure each floor is equipped with a litter box. As in real estate, location is crucial to your cat successfully usingrepparttar 139531 litter box. The best spot offers your cat a certain amount of privacy, but not so out ofrepparttar 139532 way that you forget to clean it. Some people putrepparttar 139533 litter box in a seldom-used closet. Be sure, however, to use a hard-rubber stop to keeprepparttar 139534 door, or install a pet door so your cat can go in and out whenever she wants.

If you need to move a litter tray you should move it by only a few feet at a time. Ifrepparttar 139535 cat stops using it you have probably moved it too far.

If your cat doesn't use her litter box studyrepparttar 139536 situation carefully forrepparttar 139537 reason(s) why.

Some cats will avoid a "dirty" litter box. Scoop out feces and wet litter daily. Completely empty and replacerepparttar 139538 litter at least once a week. Don't be too generous withrepparttar 139539 litter; most cats prefer a shallow layer of about two inches.

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