Cats are considered to be “seniors” when they reach 8 to 10 years of age, but many are living twice that long. Learn how you can keep your cat feeling healthy and young and be sure and get a geriatric exam when your cat becomes a senior pet.
There is a large disparity between the life span of a pet and our life span. After having loved a pet and lost one, it seems unfair. The best we can do is to keep our friends as healthy as possible and “forever young.” Several factors have been shown to increase the life span of pets. A veterinary textbook, Geriatrics and Gerontology of the Dog and Cat, by Drs. Johnny Hoskins and Richard Goldston, indicates some of these factors. Tips to help keep your pet healthy and young for as long as possible include:
1. Know When Your Pet is “Old.” According to Dr. Johnny Hoskins in Geriatrics and Gerontology of the Dog and Cat, cats are considered to be senior around eight to 10 years of age.