Cats are no different than people (although some cats are better than people) when it comes to aging. Like senior citizens, elderly cats need to stay healthy by staying active. Not only do people and cats need physical activity, but they also need mental stimulation as well.
As cats age, lesions can appear in the brain just like in humans. When accompanied by cardiovascular issues and other organs that aren’t as efficient, the brain can decline. While medication can slow the cognitive decline in cats, experts believe plenty of external environmental stimuli is critical including interactive toys, games and physical challenges that your cat can manage.
Stimuli can keep the neurons and synapses firing, keeping an older cat mentally active and healthy. The next time you see one of your older relatives, perhaps throw him or her a cat toy to stimulate their minds. If it can work for cats, it could work for human beings as well.