Mind and body
Impact of brain ageing on your cat
Unfortunately, symptoms of old age are inevitable in both humans and our feline friends. However, by keeping an eye out for the symptoms you can help to reduce the impact of ageing and give you more happy time together with her.
Signs of cognitive brain disorders in senior cats can include:
- Decreased interaction with humans and other pets
- Weight loss and less desire to eat
- More accidents outside the litter box
- Less awareness of their surroundings
- Inconsistent sleep-wake cycles
- Loud crying – especially during night time hours
Just as humans can take steps to fight the signs of brain ageing, so can your senior cat. In fact, this is when she needs you the most.
At mealtimes, choose a senior cat food that is rich in antioxidants and omega fatty acids to help improve your cat’s cognitive function. Incorporate a puzzle ball or maze into feeding time to encourage your cat to hunt and stimulate brain activity.
At night, make sure your cat’s sleeping area is both quiet and safe. Be sure to keep a light or night light turned on to help with declining vision, and to better accommodate your cat’s altered sleep-wake cycles and added propensity to wander.
At all times, be sure to apply non-skid surfaces throughout the house, and add ramps or steps to allow your senior cat to reach places without having to jump. Increase the number and size of litter boxes to help with your cat’s increased waste elimination – another common behavioural change in senior cats.