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10 Ways to Extend Your Cat’s Life

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The lifespan of domestic cats averages 13-14 years. However, with proper care, many cats live 18 or 20 years or more. These 10 tips can help you improve your cat’s quality of life, potentially extending its lifespan.

10. Cat-Proof Your Home

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Because of their ability to climb and jump, cats have a greater potential for self-harm than dogs. Look for things that can be knocked over and cause injury. Seal off escape routes or unsafe hiding spots both indoors and outside. Look for anything harmful that can be chewed. Hide insecure any dangerous chemicals.

9. Ensure Your Cat’s Ideal Weight

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You’re in control of your cat’s weight because you control its food. Your vet will advise you on your cat’s ideal weight. Invest in an accurate scale so you can monitor your cat’s weight. Adjust your cat’s food so your cat is neither underweight nor overweight. If overweight, don’t just reduce food. Make sure your cat is getting enough exercise.

8. Maintain a Healthy, Grain-Free Diet

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Grains have been shown to be very irritating to a cat’s digestive system. Consuming grains can cause low-grade inflammation. In cats, this can result in itching, bald patches, diarrhea and more. Cats don’t need grains in their diet. To extend your cat’s lifespan, try to feed your cat healthy, high-protein, grain-free foods.

7. Rotate Your Cat’s Food

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While switching your cat’s food daily can cause digestive issues, you can transition foods over time to ensure your cat consumes the widest variety of nutrients. Don’t rotate too frequently. However, additional benefits are helping to avoid allergies, and preventing food boredom. Don’t feed your cat too much of any ingredient that may not agree with them.

6. Feed Your Cat High Water-Content Food

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Cats’ bodies are not adapted for digesting plant-based ingredients and consuming them can shorten their life expectancy. Cats can develop chronic kidney disease or kidney stones from a diet low in water. Give your cat at least one meal per day of wet food to help ensure it gets the water it needs.

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5. Feed Your Cat Probiotics and Omega-3s

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Many of the problems that occur with obesity are related to digestion issues and inflammation. Adding probiotics, such as in powder form, to your cat’s food can create the proper balance between good and bad bacteria. Likewise, adding omega-3s to your cat’s food via a high-quality fish oil provides powerful anti-inflammatories. Both of these supplements can lengthen your cat’s lifespan.

4. Reduce Environmental Toxins

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Removing or reducing toxins in your indoor environment can prevent potentially shortening your cat’s lifespan. Smoking outdoors rather than inside prevents the danger of secondhand smoke. Certain household chemicals can leave residue on floors and surfaces that cats get on their paws, and then lick when cleaning their bodies. Certain pesticides in your yard can also be dangerous for pets.

3. Consider Natural Flea Treatments

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Common flea treatments are loaded with toxic chemicals and pesticides. These seep into your cat’s bloodstream and circulate throughout the body. These are especially hard on older cats. However, there are natural remedies that keep the bugs off. These are diatomaceous earth, essential oils (make sure they are non-toxic to cats), and NIT combs.

Read More: Common Foods That Are Toxic to Cats

2. Get Regular Dental Care

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Many people aren’t aware that poor dental health can decrease the lifespan of cats. The buildup of tartar and plaque causes tooth decay, gingivitis, and tooth loss. Preventative care such as daily toothbrushing can prevent unnecessary procedures later. Some procedures can be expensive. They can also put stress on and be dangerous for some cats.

Read More: 10 Tips for Feeding Cats Who Are Finicky Eaters

1. Get Regular Veterinary Care

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Regular veterinary care (annual or more as recommended) throughout your cat’s lifetime can help ensure potential health issues can be prevented or addressed before they worsen. It prevents costly medical treatment later. Cats are prone to certain health issues, such as kidney problems. Your vet can recommend supplements to help extend and improve your cat’s quality of life.

Read More: What To Do If Your Cat Runs Away

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