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As your feline friend gets older, he will experience many little changes here and there, most of which are fairly normal. His body will get weaker over time, as will his joints and organs. Everything will begin to slow down, but this doesn't mean that your cat's overall pet health has to suffer. He can still lead a full, healthy life even into the late years of his life. It's as simple as you being the loving owner that you are and taking a few helpful tips into account as your furry companion adds years to his life.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

Not all cats age at the same rate. Every cat is different. Read the signs your pet is exhibiting and take these as a launch pad for what changes in his daily routine need to occur and when. A cat that is between the ages of seven and 10 is classified as a senior cat, but that doesn't mean that the aging process immediately starts at age 7. Doing what you can to help ease your pet into the his older years is key.

1. Keep your cat's weight in check

If you start to notice an extreme increase or decrease in your cat's weight, this might be a sign that the aging process has begun. Altering your pet's diet and daily exercise routine as needed will really help control this issue.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

2. Be sure your cat has a daily oral routine

Good oral health is important throughout the course of your cat's life, as it is a prime element of overall pet health. If you take care of your pet's teeth and gums early on, they will more than likely not have any oral issues in the later years of their lives.

3. Make a change when it comes to your cat's food

One of the biggest ways to impact your cat's pet health as they age is to switch the food they eat to one that is geared toward senior cats. These foods are specifically crafted to fill the health gaps in an aging cat's digestive system and body.

4. Increase your cat's amount of check-ups with your vet

Unfortunately, loving pet parents never know what can go wrong, especially with a senior cat. This is why bumping up how often your pet visits with their veterinarian is important. Vets can see issues that you might not be able to see and put a stop to them before they get too hard to handle. They also know what warning signs to look for when it comes to the pet health of older animals.

Ultimately, keeping your cat's overall pet health in mind is not as hard as you think if you do your best to monitor the changes they are beginning to experience as they age. Companies like ProLabs Pets provide lots of helpful products that can get your older cat on the path to increased pet health as they get older, from medications to supplements.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
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