Practical strategies for supporting elderly cats and their owners, both at home and in the veterinary surgery

Caroline Warnes
December 2018

As cats become elderly they are at increased risk of developing both health and behaviour problems. Veterinary nurses can support owners of elderly cats by encouraging them to bring their cats to the surgery for regular health checks, as earlier diagnosis and treatment will improve the prognosis for many health problems. They can also ask about and provide advice on any behaviour problems that arise, including giving advice about simple changes that can be made in the home to support cats that are becoming less mobile, or that have cognitive or sensory deficits. This should reduce stress and the incidence of problem behaviours, resulting in improved welfare for elderly cats, and potentially also improved quality of life for their owners.

Practical strategies for supporting elderly cats and their owners, both at home and in the veterinary surgery
Practical strategies for supporting elderly cats and their owners, both at home and in the veterinary surgery

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