ways to help elderly cats live longer

@scribe1 (1207)
United States
January 26, 2007 8:43am CST
I think that one of the best ways to help elderly cats to live longer is by taking them to the vet for regular check-ups every so often and monitoring their activities and appearance.
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@pondadog (101)
• United States
31 Mar 07
In my opinion..the best way to prolong cats lives is to keep them indoors...all of mine have been indoor cats..they are not allowed to roam..thus no traffic problems or fights, disease, etc., from other cats...they all seem to like it inside..and the few times one happened to get out..they always seemed to be so happy to be back inside where they were among friends...2 legged and 4 legged... Just one opinion....
• United States
12 Mar 07
Can you recommend an appropriate diet for my elderly cats. I have 3 that are currently over 13.
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
26 Jan 07
Every cat should be taken to the vet once at year for a check up and shots regardless of age. The yearly visit should include blood work, de-worming, shots, and teeth cleaning. Older cats should go to the vet one every 6 months for a check up and should be monitored for blood in their urine which is a sign of possible kidney issues. Most older cats die from kidney failure.
• United States
26 Jan 07
One way is to take older cats to the vet once a year for a check up and blood work. Also, if you see your cat acting or eating differently or losing weight. Most cats will hide as best they can if they are sick and only you may be able to tell if something is not right. If they catch a disease early enough, they have medicines so the cat will be able to live longer and a better life as they age, just like people.
@rosie_123 (6118)
26 Jan 07
Here in the UK our Vets run something called an Elderly Cats clinic, where your pets are regularly checked for heart, blood presure etc. I think this is a good idea, plus also going each year to give them their regular vaccinations and innoculations.