Just like other members of the family, the likes and needs of our cats can change in later life. But while we humans don’t qualify for our free bus pass until we reach our sixties, our feline friends are classed as senior citizens when they reach the grand old age of ten. If your cat’s days as a kitten are firmly in the past, it could be time to make a few alterations to how you care for them.
Providing the right nutrition for your pet is a key part of keeping them healthy. As cats age they can experience many problems that can in part be treated through dietary changes. They may develop digestive problems, which can be addressed by feeding them cat foods designed for older felines. Or you may notice alterations such as your cat’s coat becoming duller and again this can be resolved in part by dietary alterations by including more fatty acids within their diet.
Another factor that can impact on your cat’s feeding is their teeth. As cat’s age they can often encounter dental problems and these can deter them from eating properly, potentially leading to a range of health problems. Many pet insurance plans now include some provision for dental work, so make sure you have a suitable policy in place to cover this eventuality. Although it is better to take out insurance for your cat at a younger age, it is possible to find a policy for them later on in life, including Cheap cat insurance from Pets at home. It is of course important to make potential insurers aware of any pre-existing conditions.
An on-gong step in keeping your cat happy and healthy is encouraging them to stay fit. You may find that the type of play your pet is willing to engage in will change as they get older and you may therefore need to invest in some new toys or use some imagination, but if you take the time to interact with them and find something that works for you both; you will be rewarded with their company for years to come.
Although I have pet insurance, it is imperative that people do a lot research before buying. Not all insurance is the same.
Unlike human health insurance, pet insurance is based on a reimbursement program. You must pay the vet in full, get the paid bill, then fill in the forms for reimbursment from the insurance company. Depending on the company and the policy, you may be reimbursed anywhere from 75% – 100%; it all depends on the policy.
Some insurance companies only cover emergencies while others cover that and maintenance. The premiums vary wildly as well.
Do your due diligence now before the decision is made for you.