How to find out if your cat is getting old
If your cat seems to be getting old, there’s a good chance it’s because he’s been over-exercising.
The best way to spot the signs of old age is to look at the age of your cat.
Age is the amount of time your cat spends on the floor of the house.
It also includes his body weight, weight of food, food and water consumption and body temperature.
“The older the cat, the more energy is required to maintain weight and maintain body temperature,” Dr Rene De Vries, a veterinarian with the Australian Animal Health Authority (AAHA), said.
“We think it is the body’s natural response to get the body temperature up to keep its body temperature, it’s very efficient.”
That’s what we’ve found in our research with cats.
“The AAHA’s Cat Age chart is the best way you can determine if your pet is old enough to live.
The chart also shows the age at which cats began to exhibit the signs and symptoms of ageing, which includes:Aging hair and coat, especially on the sides of the head and bodyAging feet, with uneven and/or thin nailsAging coat, with dry patches on the body and on the outside of the ears or pawsAging joints and joints that have become brittle or crackedThe AAHA cat age calculator can help you get a more accurate age for your cat as well as give you a snapshot of how your cat may be feeling.
Read more about cat age charts:How to find your cat’s ageIf your cat doesn’t have any signs of ageing but still has a lot of energy in his body, then he may be a little overweight, but this is normal for cats.”
He’s got a bit of extra energy so he’s not a very active cat, but he’s still very active,” Dr De Vues said.
A cat’s weight can be used as a way of estimating how old he is, but if he’s overweight it means he’s at risk of developing weight problems and possibly being overweight and obese.”
You can see the age progression and the amount you get to keep up with it,” Dr Rees said.
Dr De Vushes recommended that a cat’s body temperature should be measured once a month, as this will help identify the age when he is at risk for developing obesity problems.
The AAHE cat age indicator is not a measure of how old a cat is, because the animal is not considered to be old by Australian Animal Nutritionists.
The age chart is based on body mass index (BMI) measurements and is based off the amount your cat weighs at the start of the month.
If your pet has a BMI of less than 25, the animal should be considered healthy and is not expected to become overweight, the AAHA said.
If he has a weight of 25 or more, your cat needs to lose weight.”
A healthy weight is not always a healthy weight, it is very important to eat a balanced diet that provides all the nutrients your cat wants to eat, particularly the vitamins, minerals and fibre that your cat really needs,” Dr D’Arcy said.
Your cat’s behaviour could also be a clue as to his age.”
Our research suggests that older cats are more likely to have behaviour problems such as rough and tumble play, aggressive behaviour, social withdrawal and more,” Dr Breggin said.
How to identify a cat that’s over-fedAn over-feed is when a cat over-consumes food or drinks.
If you notice your cat gaining weight or increasing the amount he eats, that indicates he’s consuming too much food.”
When your cat overeats, he’s eating too much because he has not had enough time to adjust to the changes in diet,” Dr Buehler said.
However, your vet should not start feeding your cat too much or too fast to ensure he doesn’t overfeed. “
He’s also eating too many things at the same time,” Dr Loughran said.
However, your vet should not start feeding your cat too much or too fast to ensure he doesn’t overfeed.
“The main thing to keep in mind is that if you’re feeding him too much, he’ll probably be eating too little because of the changes you’ve made,” Dr McArthur said.