Caring For Older Age Cats
Cats are living longer and longer in the 21st century - just as humans are - which is a great thing for our feline friends.
However, cats in older age do need that extra little bit of care than they did when they were very young and it's important to take that into consideration when you have an older cat as a pet.
The average life expectancy for cats is normally between 11 and 15 years. However, it's not at all unusual for cats to live well into their 20s and even beyond. Older cats typically need a little more warmth and can often also need help with grooming as they become a little less flexible - they may also sleep more than they used to.
More importantly, older cats become a lot more susceptible to illness and it is critical that their vaccinations are kept up-to-date.
Pet Insurance for Older Cats
Due to the ever-growing expense of vet fees it is also very important to have good cat insurance for your pet. Up until a few years ago it was very difficult to get pet insurance for older cats and dogs. Pet insurers realised this and have now adapted policies to suit. Although you will not be able to get cover for a pre-existing condition if you take out pet insurance for an older cat - you will be adequately covered as long as your cat is healthy at the start of the policy. It's also worth remembering that cat insurance also costs quite a bit less than dog insurance - so even in older age the pet insurance for your older cat is likely to be very good value indeed.
Having good quality cat insurance is the single best way to care for an older cat. If you want to plan ahead for your cat being older the best value policy is Petplan's whole of life pet insurance. However, that is only available if you take it out when your cat is younger than 10 years old (the age at which a cat is deemed to be 'older'). You can get a quote from Petplan here.
However, there are many other insurers who will insure your older cat and we have compiled a comprehensive selection for you below. We recommend John Lewis Pet Insurance for older cats from John Lewis because of its simplicity - and also because it is from The John Lewis Partnership.
It is still worth getting quotes from all the others and also comparing the levels of cover available.
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We have gathered together links to many of the top online pet insurers but we do not provide or endorse any particular product or make recommendations in any way. Please ensure that the pet insurance product that you purchase from any online provider meets your needs and that the provider is correctly regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA).