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Health Conditions Affecting Older Cats - The average life span of a cat is normally about 14 years, but some cats can live to be much older. As in people, old age brings about certain problems, which can be managed by careful observation of the cat, health and diet management; and regular health checks by a vet.

Older cats usually wish to sleep for longer, and will not be as playful as younger cats; they will also be more averse to taking exercise.

Older cats should not be subjected to extremes of temperature, and you should not put your cat out at night, particularly in winter. Do not make her sleep on cold surfaces such as concrete. Her appetite may change, and she may find certain foods more difficult to digest. There are foods specially prepared for older cats, and you should ask your vets advice as to the best foods to give her.

This section of our website describes some of the more common problems that can affect older catís including senility, incontinence, arthritis, coat and claw problems, obesity, liver problems and tooth decay.

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