Cats need more attention and care in their golden years. Typically, senior cats (or middle-aged cats) are around eight to 10 years old, while cats that are 12 years and older are considered geriatric. With the combination of good genes and excellent health care, a cat reaching 20 years of age is not unusual, but older cats are more prone to infections and injury than at any other point in their lives. Their mobility, flexibility, and activity levels usually decrease, and this could be due to a number of reasons. First, joints and muscles lose their resilience over time, making it difficult for your cat to engage in activities such as springing to a high perch or going up and down the stairs. Another common reason for decreased mobility is osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease in which the cartilage that provides support and cushion to the joints is constantly being worn out, causing pain in your aging cat.
Thankfully, there are products that can help provide comfort to your beloved senior cat. Here are a few that will help bring the spring back into your cat's steps: