Our sweet Simon lived to be 15, which isn't that old by my count, BUT he had survived with Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia for 14 years! That is unprecedented as far as I know.
How did he live that long? It was a combination of a balanced species appropriate diet based in raw muscle meat, organs and other nutrients, specific supplements, targeted medicine, lots of LOVE and a passion for his purpose.
What do you need to do for your cat who is seven (middle aged) and older?
1) Talk to him a few times a year to find out how he's feeling and what he needs. Doing an Animal Communication session with me will help him express what he's feeling as well as allow me to provide an energetic scan of his body to find out if something needs extra attention.
2) Follow up with your vet for blood work and a check up. If the vet recommends any meds or "prescription" diets, do your homework to find out what potential side-effects there are. There are almost always safe, natural supplements that can help address the issue(s). A Holistic vet will recommend these first (as will I). Medicine absolutely has it's place, as it did for Simon, however, you need to be sure it's necessary and targeted appropriately, as well as supported by diet and natural remedies.
3) Diet. An easily digested/absorbed, protein-based WET food is essential. Cats are designed to get all their moisture from their food, so raw, lightly cooked and human-grade canned foods (poultry, rabbit, beef or venison, no fish) are ALWAYS better than any dry food. Quality is essential. Elderly animals, just like people, need more quality protein, not less. READ the INGREDIENTS. Avoid all grains, especially corn, wheat, soy, all glutens, brewers rice, hulls, legumes...Again, get guidance from me or your holistic vet for help creating the healthiest meal plan for you cat.
4) Exercise, safety, appropriate interaction. Elderly kitties still need exercise for the body and brain. Chasing lasers, strings, balls, whatever is fun. Be sure to create a safe, quiet place your cat can easily get to as a retreat when the house gets too loud or busy. As for appropriate interaction, monitor how younger animals, dogs and kids are interacting with your elder. Are they being gentle? Is your cat enjoying them or doing everything to get away. Respect her feelings and referee each situation.
5) Enjoy your beloved. Cats have told me so many times, "Please tell my person to stop worrying about the future, and just be fully present with me right now." Celebrate the present moments together.
With Love, Your Voice of Animals,