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Senior Cat Vet

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Senior Cat Care

Semi-annual exams for senior cats are important.  Cats have a very different aging process than humans—they age much faster than we do. Generally speaking—depending on the size and breed of your cat—larger cats are considered to be “senior” at five years, medium cats at seven years, and small cats nine years. This means your senior cat may experience dramatic changes in their health in as little as three to six months!  This is why we recommend semi-annual wellness exams for senior cats.

Senior Cats May Experience Rapid Health Changes

Once your cat has reached their senior age, you will begin to notice health changes that will affect their mobility, comfort, and overall health. Age-related diseases and chronic illnesses are a part of living with an older cat.  Early diagnosis and treatment of these illnesses is critical to your cat’s long-term health and quality of life.  Many conditions can be prevented from progressing into more serious illnesses when detected early and managed properly. Once symptoms appear, the conditions may be too difficult or costly to diagnose and treat.  Our goal is for you and your cat to enjoy the longest, healthiest life together.

During your senior cat’s semi-annual wellness exam, please discuss with us any observed changes in your cat while at home and any behavior changes you may have noticed.

Your cat’s senior wellness exam will include:

  • An in-depth wellness exam, including a dental evaluation
  • As needed, additional diagnostic testing that may include a senior cat blood profile analysis (including blood count and blood chemistry panel), heartworm test; feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency virus test; cultures; imaging such as x-rays
  • Urine and fecal analysis
  • Vaccinations as needed
  • Nutrition and diet counseling
  • Behavioral evaluation and counseling

Keeping Your Senior Cat Healthy and Comfortable

In addition to the care we provide for your cat at Airways Animal Clinic, there are many ways you can keep your senior cat healthy and free of age-related health conditions at home. A balanced diet, regular play and exercise, comfortable bedding, and extra blankets for warmth are all ways to keep your cat happy and healthy.  Diet and Exercise will help your senior cat maintain their ideal weight and delay the onset of chronic conditions such as arthritis and diabetes.  If your cat likes to jump from one surface up to another, make it easier for them to get to their favorite places and avoid unexpected falls by adding steps or platforms at a variety of heights to help them gracefully get to where they want to go.  Call us for more tips on keeping your senior cat healthy and comfortable at home.

If you notice your cat exhibiting any of the following symptoms, we recommend you schedule an appointment to have your senior cat evaluated: 

  • Abnormal stools
  • A lump or growth
  • Weight loss
  • Increase/decrease in appetite
  • Increased water intake
  • Excess urination
  • Abnormal stool or irregular bowel movements
  • Vomiting
  • Changes in hair coat quality
  • Decreased activity level, trouble walking, slow to rise
  • Heavy or rapid breathing at rest
  • Depression or listless behavior
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Signs of pain in movement or handing
  • Wheezing and coughing

We are here to help you and your family cat through every life stage. Please contact us today to schedule a senior wellness exam for your cat and to talk to Dr. Harris about any questions you may have. 

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