Senior Cat Vet Care
We consider any cat 10 years or older to be a Senior Cat. At the age of 10, your cat is essentially equivalent to a 56 year old human. For that reason, we recommend starting routine diagnostic testing in addition to updating any vaccinations. The earlier we detect disease, the better chance we have at successfully treating it.
Once per year, we recommend performing full blood work (including a complete blood count, organ function tests, and thyroid level), a urinalysis, and a blood pressure measurement. These tests give us an overall picture of your cat’s health and screen for the most common diseases that older cats get such as Chronic Kidney Disease, Hyperthyroidism, and Diabetes.
We have designed a Senior Diagnostic Package that includes all of these tests to make it more cost effective and easier to perform. Ask us about this at your next appointment!
How can I tell if my senior cat has arthritis?
You may notice that your cat takes longer to climb the stairs, doesn’t jump on the couch or bed any longer, or seems stiff when he or she first wakes up from a nap. However, cats can hide pain very well and it may be difficult to tell. If you notice abnormal behavior such as above, it’s a good idea to start a joint supplement such as Cosequin. If the signs become more severe, having an exam done is a good idea. We can prescribe pain medications if needed.
Why could my senior cat be losing weight?
There are many reasons, sometimes it’s just because they are less active and sleep more causing some muscle loss. But, diseases such as kidney disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and gastrointestinal disease can all start with just weight loss so it is very important to seek veterinary advice if you notice weight loss.
Should I feed my senior cat a special diet?
The answer is it depends. Senior diets vary widely in why the company considers them food for senior cats. Some of them have added joint supplements which can be a good thing. Most senior diets will also have increased calories. If you cat is overweight, they should not be fed a high calorie diet and it may be best to stick with a normal adult diet. If in doubt, give us a call and we can discuss your individual cat’s needs.
What happens if my cat has high blood pressure?
When high blood pressure starts it can cause behavior changes such as vocalization, seeming “lost” at night, and dilated pupils. As it continues or gets worse, it can lead to retinal hemorrhage or detachment and blindness as well as damage to many organs including the kidneys and brain. It is important to have your senior cat’s blood pressure checked at least once a year.
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