With a old cat in fact just turned 18, articles about caring for an aged pet are of great interest to me. This idea of a feline quality of life scale really helps you assess your pets health and focus on the right decision making which can be very hard when you are emotional and attached.
Scaled from 0 -10 it covers a range of health related criteria such as pain, mobility, feeding and grooming etc., helping you to focus more clearly on what is important for your cat and his needs.
As Rueben gets needier by the day I find it difficult to deal with and worry about him is never far from my mind. After doing this scale I felt a lot better realising that his quality of life is still good even though he does want loads of attention. Generally he's in pretty good shape for an oldie but I'll be doing this test weekly to keep myself on top of the situation.