Cat Senior Care

Cats typically have comparatively long lives. They often spend more time in their senior years than dogs. Cats have multiple stages of senior ages where mild changes may occur. Because cats live so long in their senior years, it is important to be aware of changes that occur and things to watch out for with your senior cat.

Senior pets have changes in their nutritional requirements and are also more susceptible to age related diseases. Muscle atrophy, diabetes, dental disease, arthritis, kidney disease, thyroid disease, and many others occur more often in older cats than in young cats. Regular veterinary care can help identify some of these concerns sooner, meaning they can be addressed and managed to improve the quality of life in your senior cat.

Senior cats need to visit the veterinarian every six months for wellness visits. Changes occur faster in pets than in people, so regular more frequent visits are important. At these visits, we not only ensure your cat is up to date on recommended vaccinations and preventatives, but we also run routine blood work which senior cats need to have run every six months to identify changes in internal organs as soon as they occur. Changes in organ function can be detected on blood work long before you begin to see changes or clinical signs at home. Cats in particular are extremely good at hiding discomfort and pain. Any change in habits or behaviors need to be addressed as they could indicate an internal change or be a symptom of pain or discomfort.

We understand the unique changes that can occur in senior pets and can discuss nutritional recommendations and how to address changes in bloodwork or behavior as well as how to manage chronic diseases your cat may have. If you do notice any changes at home, be sure to schedule an appointment right away.