Experts review what today’s ageing cats look like

Reduced grooming activity is reflected by the clumped and spiked appearance of the coat in this older cat. Image courtesy Margie Scherk.

Just as improved diet and medical care have resulted in increased life expectancy in humans, advances in nutrition and veterinary care have increased the lifespan of pet cats, says the charity International Cat Care.

The result is a growing population of ageing cats. In the US, for example, it is estimated 20% of pet cats are 11 years of age or older.

However, what healthy ageing actually looks like in a cat and what changes would be considered normal for age, is less well known.

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