Caring for Your Senior Cats Teeth and Gums
Although according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest cat ever was Creme Puff who lived to the whopping age of 38 years and 3 days old, your moggy is considered to be ‘getting on’ at about 8 and positively ancient at 15. As your beloved feline friend begins to age, expect more frequent vet visits and changes to feeding depending on the typical health and dental issues that arise in senior cats.
Dental Health in Older Cats
If your cat seems to be off his food, it may be time for a dental check as dental problems are one of the most common problems in aging cats. If he has sore teeth or gums, a cat may go off eating altogether and quickly lose weight and vigor. It is possible to have a cat dental routine to help your cat maintain good dental health throughout his life but of course, this should be started early as a preventative health routine rather than when the cat s already old and set in his ways.
A finger toothbrush and cat dental cleanser can be used at home or ask your vet to carry out an oral health check and dental cleaning. Possibly you will find that an elder cat, off his food needs an extraction. Some long lived cats have hardly any teeth left so as long as dental health is not causing pain, your older cat can cope with losing any bad teeth.
Cats seem to be born with a heat and comfort seeking radar. In fact the way to find the comfiest spot in the house is to track down the cat. There she’ll be, laying on the woollen sweaters or curled up in the boiler room. Even so, expect your older cat to feel the cold more and need softer bedding, safe from drafts or disturbances.