As cats age, certain disease processes are more likely to occur, such as kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, overweight, mobility loss, and dental disease. Many of these diseases can be treated or their progression slowed down with early detection. Annual wellness exams and nutrition play a big part in maintaining a healthy cat.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of ageing?
If your cat is showing the symptoms such as slowing down, losing weight, changes in appetite and or vomiting are all observations to be brought to your veterinarian’s attention at a geriatric wellness exam. Drinking more water, urinating more are all geriatric issues that also indicate a veterinarian exam should be scheduled.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
The underlying cause of weight loss can be complicated. A visit to the veterinarian will provide body condition scores, physical exam, bloodwork, and fecal exams to provide the answers to this concerning condition.
What are some tips on how to care for my senior cat?
Your veterinarian can help recommend a specific care plan that can include diet, medication, and supplements all designed for the senior cat.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
Kidney, thyroid, heart, pancreatic, mobility, dental disease and weight issues can all be experienced by senior cats.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
There are many reason cats can have behavioural issues. Household and environmental changes or underlying medical issues. A visit and consultation with your veterinarian which may include bloodwork is a good place to start dealing with behavioural issues.