With age, even felines become fragile and delicate: in this article we suggest some natural remedies for the care of the elderly cat.
The cat is a very independent pet, but as they age their needs increase and they become in need of more care and attention. The cat begins to be considered elderly after 10-12 years of age.
It is important to underline that old age is not a disease, but to make it live in a peaceful way for our cat it is useful to implement some precautions, ranging from a change in diet to the introduction of some important nutrients.
Let’s see together the main natural remedies for the care of the elderly cat.
Seniority of the cat: natural cures and remedies
Cat has to adapt to this new existential condition and our support is essential to do so, so as to guarantee him a better life expectancy. Check-ups by the vet should intensify and be done every six months, in order to constantly check his state of health and carry out more detailed examinations if necessary.
As for the dog, it is also important for the elderly cat to change his diet: the food must be more easily digested, better to avoid carbohydrates, reduce the intake of sodium and phosphorus and insert quality proteins. It will be important to introduce in the diet the right quantities of zinc, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, arachidonic acid (contained in fish oil or chicken fat); vitamin B and cellulose fibers.
It is also possible to resort to phytotherapy, which improves the health conditions of old cats thanks to preparations based on phosphatidylserine, ginkgo biloba, which reduces lethargy and cognitive decline with a tonic effect on the brain and vitamin E.
Within a phytotherapeutic supplement it is then important to recognize the presence of these elements, useful in case of cat old age, namely:
- Yucca schidigera and Rosmarinus O.: both favor the action of the intestinal system
- Persea: it protects the joints, pain reliever and stimulator of collagen synthesis
- Boswellia S.: it is a powerful anti-inflammatory, it inhibits the inflammation mechanism
- Cod liver oil: source of vitamins A and D and Omega 3, relieves inflammation and dry skin
- Harpagophytum P.: is an important anti-inflammatory and analgesic
- Milk thistle: helps regenerate the liver parenchyma
Since the production of healthy bacteria becomes reduced in old age, many scientific researches claim that probiotics bring significant benefits, especially to older animals (more prone to have an unbalanced flora).
Let’s see some positive examples:
Digestive enzymes: their addition to food helps keep the animal’s digestive system healthy and efficient.
Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes): contains essential amino acids, increasing immune function when needed and reducing it when not needed. Some studies have even highlighted its antitumor and antiviral activity, as well as maintaining an optimal level of cholesterol and providing important cardiovascular support.
Dandelion: also known as dandelion, this plant stimulates the release of bile from the liver, promoting digestion. In addition, it protects against eczema and other skin diseases.
Turmeric: is one of the 10 herbs and spices that are healthy for cats. It is an exceptional natural anti-inflammatory with anti-tumor properties; decreases bursitis, tendinitis and osteoarthritis; helps in the digestion of fats and sugars; counteracts various food allergies; reduces inflammation in the gums and fights bad breath.
Finally, Bach flowers also represent a valid help.
In particular: Cerato, Clematis and Scleranthus help in improving coordination and, if combined with Hornbeam, they also give great energy to the cat; Gorse, Water violet, Wild rose and Hornbeam report the desire for participation; Walnut and Beech help cope with the changes.