Whilst these ailments may sound debilitating, he is still a very happy chappy and is enjoying both comfort and comparative good health despite his advancing years.
For many years now, his arthritis has been managed with regular doses of glucosamine and a monthly herbal arthritis injection at the vets. Moggy boy is still able to jump on and off the bed and sometimes even ventures onto the kitchen table, without any signs of discomfort.
Neither moggy boy's hearing or vision is what it once was. As a result I restrict him to the pleasures of the great indoors and only let him outside under close supervision, on warm days.
Occasional loose bowel movements were a major concern when they first began occuring. I rushed samples of my cat's stools to the vets for analysis and had blood tests taken. Both returned a clean bill of health, indeed, showed he was in fine condition for a cat of his age.
Food allergies were suspected as the cause for his loose motions and so far, he is responding well to steamed chicken breast, replacing his long term 'obesity' dry food. The 'sensitive' version, both wet and dry has not been as successful in improving regular and solid motions as the chicken breast.
It may take me a little more time and be less convenient to prepare, but to my mind it's well and truly worth it.
I also help him groom out moulting cat hair, gently with my fingers, or a slightly wet hand, to avoid as many fur balls as possible.
So long as moggy boy is in no discomfort or pain, we will continue to enrich each other's lives.
Having a vet who knows your cat well is especially important when you have an extremely old cat, along with observing them carefully yourself, on a daily basis so that any major behavioural changes can be checked out and managed to keep your ancient angel healthy and comfortable!