Cats are some of the most interesting (and entertaining) pets around, and this allure certainly doesn’t fade with age. In fact, you could argue that cats become more mysterious as they grow old. That’s right; your kitty can continue to surprise you well into her golden years. And while some of these age-related changes are pleasant, there are a few adverse ones you’ll want to account for to ensure your favorite four-legged friend stays safe and comfortable.
Wapiti Labs is proud to support pet parents with all of the resources and support they need to understand and care for their animals. That’s why we produce a range of industry-leading pet supplements that foster optimal strength, vitality, longevity and flexibility in cats and dogs across every stage of life. Today, to prepare you for your companion’s later years, we’ll be discussing a few incredible facts about geriatric cats.
1. Old Cats Can Live for Much Longer Than You Think
According to petMD, indoor cats typically live around ten to fifteen years—which is a pretty impressive figure compared to many animals. What most people don’t know is that felines can live for significantly longer than that. Creme Puff, a cat from Texas, lived to the ripe old age of 38, making her the oldest cat we know of. And while you can’t expect your own feline to live that long, your kitty can thrive for many, many years if she’s provided with the right support.
Dietary supplements for cats are a great way to naturally support the health and overall well-being of your aging feline. For example, our Strength formula provides warmth and strength for felines at every stage of life. This concentrated liquid is a blend of EVA and traditional herbs that helps to maintain healthy cartilage and joint function. Strength also encourages circulation, invigorates the blood and supports normal function of the liver and kidneys, keeping your kitty in peak condition. Be sure to chat with your veterinarian about products that will provide for your pet’s unique needs!
2. Geriatric Cats Struggle With Mobility
As felines age, their joints naturally begin to weaken. Eventually, it can become painful for them to leap and bound around like they used to in their youth. And because cats are predator and prey animals, they have a tendency to hide signs of pain and discomfort. That’s why it’s so important to keep a close eye on your aging cat and take her in for frequent checkups. If you notice that your senior cat is having difficulties moving around the house or getting into her litter box, it’s likely that she’s beginning experience mobility problems. A trip to your favorite veterinarian will provide you with the resources you need to manage this perfectly natural change.
If you’re concerned about the mobility of your aging pet, then don’t hesitate to talk to your veterinarian about joint support supplements for cats. Wapiti’s ReVitalize formula utilizes a variety of potent ingredients—including MN EVA, Morinda root and Lycium fruit—to support kidney function and joint flexibility in senior cats specifically. This blend also contains a boosted level of ginseng for additional support. You can leverage ReVitalize to encourage joint flexibility and mobility in your older feline. This supplement also supports normal renal function, eye function and a healthy immune system, which makes it a great choice for almost any geriatric cat.
3. Senior Cats Are Less Likely to Be Adopted
Unfortunately, many prospective pet parents favor kittens and young cats over senior felines. That’s partly because people mistakenly associate older cats with nothing but health problems. As we’ve discussed earlier, many age-related health issues affecting cats can be managed with the right level of care and support. Once you take those out of the equation, you’re left with sweet and lovable animals who just want a good home and someone who cares about them. Older cats tend to be much calmer and well-behaved compared to young animals, which makes them a perfect companion for seniors and families with very young children. So be sure to consider older cats if you’re seeking a new best friend; they have a lot of love to give.
4. Geriatric Cats Have Vision Problems
Humans and cats alike experience eyesight problems as they age. Over time, a senior cat may have trouble getting around the house due to tripping and bumping into objects. If you notice one of those signs, then we encourage you to arrange a checkup with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Your pet expert will be able to run tests to assess the eyesight of your feline. Fortunately, most cats are very good at adapting to worsening eyesight, but it doesn’t hurt to keep their living space nice and tidy to avoid tripping accidents. You should also consider looking into pet supplements that support healthy eye function in cats (like Wapiti’s ReVitalize). Even a little eye support can go a long way in improving your older cat’s quality of life!
Keep Your Senior Kitty in Peak Condition With Wapiti
Interested in learning more about geriatric cats and other tactics you can use to keep your kitty happy and healthy for many years to come? Then be sure to call or message Wapiti Labs today. You can also shoot us a message if you have questions about our supplements or need advice on treating older cats for specific health problems. We’re always here to help.