Part 2: The Feisty Feline – Caring for Your Adult Cat
An adult cat is 3-6 years. That’s 28-40 in human terms.
A lot of your cat’s adult life is spent sleeping!!
At this stage you should be visiting your vets twice a year for vaccinations, flea and wormers and a general health check. This is generally a time of good health so your cat’s weight should be stable. It’s very important to be on the look-out for any change in weight as this is really significant and often a sign of an underlying medical condition.
Diet, obesity and dental care are all important health issues during this stage. Obesity in particular is common and leads to the same problems as in humans and predisposes your adult cat to diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.
Also be on the look-out for problems urinating. For little boys in particular Cystitis can be a fast moving and deadly problem.
Behavioural issues to consider:
- Have one more litter tray than you do cats.
- In multi-cat households separate the litter trays.
- Separate the food and water bowls.
- Be on the look-out for subtle signs of bullying such as going to the toilet outside the litter tray, or if one cat walks out of the room when another walks in.
Failure to address these behavioural issues can cause stress related disorders such as idiopathic cystitis and small changes in your home environment can make a huge difference.
In our next video blog Denise will talk about the “Golden Oldie” or geriatric cat.