Cat companionship is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Cats are beautiful, affectionate creatures that can be playful and entertaining but can also be a soothing partner to share a sofa with. We will often do whatever we can to take care of our cats, especially when they are sick. Veterinary bills can be very expensive, even just for a check-up, but by taking a few steps to help ease our cats into old age we can reduce trips to the vets and improve our cat’s health and even their lifespan.
Here are three simple things any cat owner can do to help their precious pet partner enjoy getting older and assist their bodies as they move into old age.
Make or Buy Pet Steps for Beds and Sofas
Cats, as well as humans, may have mobility issues as they get older. They will not be able to jump quite as high or land as safely as they could when they were young and spritely. It is very likely you enjoy cuddling up with your cat on a sofa or on your bed, but as they get older, getting up and down on their own can become a problem.
Pets steps are often available in large pet stores, or you can make your own very cheaply, even from old books if you needed to. Having a small set of cat-sized steps next to the sofa or the bed can help them get up and down without hurting themselves or stressing joints.
Look for Supplements to Help Aging Cats
There are supplements available for many types of pets, particularly for when they get older. There are many supplements aimed at cats, and one of the most popular is hemp for cats. Hemp is quite popular with cats themselves – they seem to enjoy the smell and flavor – but the hemp itself can improve their joint strength and digestion. It is also known to help calm and soothe distressed or anxious cats and boosts their immune system.
Invest in a Cat Basket or Radiator Hammock
Cats love basking in the heat and keeping a cat warm is a great way to keep a cat healthy. Radiator beds and hammocks for cats are popular with both cats and their owners. They let cats get close to a constant heat source and give them a comfy, cozy place to lounge around while they soak up the warmth.
Our feline friends are very special to us and a relationship with a cat is a true friendship. You help each other through troubling times and care for one another. We will want our loved ones to care and support us when we get older, and there may well be a cat there for us when we do. We owe it to ourselves and our feline friends to do all that we can to look after them as they get older, and to try and keep them in the best health.